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Picture Rocks native authors book on Civil War

By Staff | Jul 11, 2019

MUCNY — “Civil War Tales,” a new book by David L. Richards, brings to life more than 100 human-interest stories and tales of fortitude from the past. The author will sign his newly released book at the Muncy Historical Society from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the society’s museum, 40 N. Main Street.

Richards, a native of Picture Rocks, has had a great fascination for history since childhood. He has traveled across America in search of historic places, including countless Civil War sites where natives of northcentral Pennsylvania camped, marched, fought and died.

Richards has been researching units from northcentral Pennsylvania for 35 years and his 160-page book contains stories of courage and sacrifice. Over 100 stories are recorded, with many accounts chosen for their unusual character and others for their historic interest. Several narratives are from original research by the author, while other tales were uncovered in period newspapers and published sources.

In addition to “Civil War Tales,” Richards authored “Priceless Treasures” in which he documents the Civil War experiences of the 71 soldiers from the Muncy area whose names are inscribed on the Soldiers’ Monument located in Muncy’s public cemetery. He has also co-authored “From a Bygone Era: Views of the Muncy Valley. Muncy, Hughesville and Vicinity” and “Ghost on the Alleghany.”