Author George Franks Book Signing, Dec. 18

Hagerstown, MD—Washington County resident George F. Franks, III will be at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitors Welcome Center signing copies of his book The Battle of Falling Waters, 1863: Custer, Pettigrew and the End of the Gettysburg Campaign on Wednesday, December 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Visitor Welcome Center is located at 6 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD.

Using a narrative style to weave together eye-witness quotes, Franks has written the story of the events before, during and after the final engagement of the Gettysburg Campaign that took place in Washington County near the town of Williamsport 11 days after Pickett’s Charge. In addition to extensive use of first-hand accounts, the book contains detailed maps, period drawings and photographs to bring to life the crucial, yet lesser remembered battle.

“Most people think of the Gettysburg Campaign as only one significant three-day event that stood alone, but in the days that followed Pickett’s Charge, ferocious fighting ensued daily as the Union forces pursued General Robert E. Lee’s entire army fleeing toward the Potomac. While the Battle of Falling Waters was small as compared to Gettysburg, it had great significance. The fact that the General George Meade did not use the Union forces to aggressively crush the Southern army when it was delayed in Williamsport, which may have ended the war, was a devastating disappointment to President Lincoln,” said Franks.

Author George Franks Book Signing at Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center December 18
The Battle of Falling Waters, 1863: Custer, Pettigrew and the End of the Gettysburg Campaign is The Culmination of Ten Years of Research

Franks has had a keen interest in the American Civil War for decades, but it wasn’t until he and his wife found out that the 1830 historic home they were restoring was on an actual battleground that he focused on the Battle of Falling Waters. The research period has also led to a movement to preserve the battlefield site and save it from development, which is being led by the Civil War Trust, Save Historic Antietam Foundation and a number of long time local residents.

“Book signings at the Visitor Welcome Center are great opportunities for the public to meet authors and get real insight on their books and the craft of writing. A historical work such as this one is particularly special due to its significant local interest. And, an autographed copy of a well-researched book featuring local history makes a special holiday gift for history buffs,” said Tom Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

About the Author
George F. Franks, III has been passionate about the study of the American Civil War since visiting the Gettysburg battlefield with his parents in July 1963. He studied history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pittsburgh.  A former telecommunications executive with extensive international experience, he is currently the President of Franks Consulting Group and the owner of, a historical hat business.  George is the former President of the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table, a member of Hagerstown Civil War Round Table, Save Historic Antietam Foundation and the Civil War Trust. He is a Governor and a former Vice President of the Company of Military Historians. George has researched the July 14, 1863 battle of Falling Waters, Maryland for more than a decade.  A 2007 article he originally published on the battle has grown into this book. The Author can be reached via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on his web site