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CIVIL WAR BOOK AUTHOR: One of the most surprising and humiliating defeats in the United States' military history, the Red River Campaign narrowly missed turning the tide of the entire Civil War. This pictorial volume, written in an engaging tone, relays the full story of the conflict. Led by the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Union Army invaded the Southern Red River Valley with 32,000 men. They anticipated little trouble from the Confederates-whom they outnumbered nearly four to one-and even painted names of the towns they planned to conquer on their wagons, such as San Antonio, Houston, and Galveston. The men in blue did not expect a battle until they reached Shreveport, the Confederate capital of Louisiana. On April 8, 1864, the Confederate Patton, Gen. Richard Taylor, launched a devastating attack near Mansfield with 8,800 men. By nightfall, the Yankee soldiers were no longer discussing victories in Houston, Dallas, or even Shreveport-they were running for their lives. Complete with maps, period photographs, and firsthand accounts from soldiers, Richard Taylor and the Red River Campaign of 1864 serves as a definitive resource for historians or anyone seeking knowledge on this daring operation. Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., is the author of more than forty history books, which have received praise from Publishers Weekly and British Army Review. In addition to writing articles for the Journal of Soviet Military Studies, he has appeared on the History Channel, CBS, National Public Radio, and the British Broadcasting Network. Mitcham has lectured at West Point, Air War College, and the General Staff College of the Marine Corps. He also taught geography and military history at Henderson State University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where the freshman honor society named him professor of the year. Mitcham received his BA in journalism from Northeast Louisiana University and later earned his MS and PhD. He lives in Monroe, Louisiana. Calendar

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May 15, 2011: Dateline wires the home of a volunteer, Jenny, from top to bottom with hidden cameras. Then she called repairmen to her house for a simple problem we created as a test with Jenny's pool. NBC's Chris Hansen reports.(Dateline NBC)Dateline wires the home of a volunteer, Jenny, from top to bottom with hidden cameras. Then she called repairmen to her house for a simple problem we created as a test with Jenny's pool. NBC's Chris Hansen reports.(Dateline)

Mon, 16 May 2011 03:25:23 GMT
Video: Father and Son

May 9, 2011: New Jersey father David Goldman fought for 5 years to get his abducted son home from Brazil . Why did his wife Bruna take their son Sean to Brazil and say she was never coming back? They were young, beautiful and envied by friends who thought they were living a fairy tale. NBCs Meredith Vieira reports.(Dateline NBC)New Jersey father David Goldman fought for 5 years to get his abducted son home from Brazil . Why did his wife Bruna take their son Sean to Brazil and say she was never coming back? They were young, beautiful and envied by friends who thought they were living a fairy tale. NBCs Meredith Vieira reports.(Dateline)

Mon, 9 May 2011 13:52:33 GMT
Video: The Bathtub Mystery

May 11, 2011: Meet Ryan and Sarah, newlyweds of just 114 days. Home together on a quiet Monday evening, no one could ever imagine how their lives would soon take a turn for the worst. NBCs Dennis Murphy reports.(Dateline NBC)Meet Ryan and Sarah, newlyweds of just 114 days. Home together on a quiet Monday evening, no one could ever imagine how their lives would soon take a turn for the worst. NBCs Dennis Murphy reports.(Dateline)

Wed, 11 May 2011 18:37:29 GMT
Video: My Kid Would Never Bully

March 7, 2011: As a crisis that affects 3 million kids, bullying is put to the test by a Dateline NBC hidden camera setup. Parents, alongside parenting experts, watch what their own kids will do as bystanders to staged bullying scenarios, beginning with a group of teenage girls. Kate Snow reports.(Dateline NBC)As a crisis that affects 3 million kids, bullying is put to the test by a Dateline NBC hidden camera setup. Parents, alongside parenting experts, watch what their own kids will do as bystanders to staged bullying scenarios, beginning with a group of teenage girls. Kate Snow reports.(Dateline)

Mon, 7 Mar 2011 14:05:09 GMT
Video: The Beauty and the Beast Mystery

Feb. 26, 2011: Lisa and Scott Pattison marry on a fairy tale day and build a life together in central Indiana. But one day in July 2009, their marriage comes to a horrifying end as Scott races his gravely injured wife to the hospital, calling 911. Dennis Murphy reports.(Dateline NBC)Lisa and Scott Pattison marry on a fairy tale day and build a life together in central Indiana. But one day in July 2009, their marriage comes to a horrifying end as Scott races his gravely injured wife to the hospital, calling 911. Dennis Murphy reports.(Dateline)

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 07:04:40 GMT
Video: Deadly Rivals

Feb. 26, 2011: In Tampa Florida, Rachel Wade and Sarah Ludemann were two teenagers both in love with the same boy, Josh Camacho. They didn't know each other, but developed an intense rivalry for Josh's affections, which began to escalate out of control online. Dennis Murphy reports. (Dateline NBC)In Tampa Florida, Rachel Wade and Sarah Ludemann were two teenagers both in love with the same boy, Josh Camacho. They didn't know each other, but developed an intense rivalry for Josh's affections, which began to escalate out of control online. Dennis Murphy reports.(Dateline)

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 07:01:18 GMT
Video: A Dose of Controversy

Feb. 22, 2011: Suzanne Somers, entertainer and million dollar pitchwoman, says she's found her calling as a champion of alternative medicine. Her recent book "Knockout" claims that doctors are curing cancer using alternative therapies. Who are these doctors, and is there any real science behind their claims?(Dateline NBC)Suzanne Somers, entertainer and million dollar pitchwoman, says she's found her calling as a champion of alternative medicine. Her recent book "Knockout" claims that doctors are curing cancer using alternative therapies. Who are these doctors, and is there any real science behind their claims?(Dateline)

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 20:32:47 GMT
Video: Conduct Unbecoming

Feb. 19, 2011: Brenda Constantine and her familys life was turned upside down after they return to their home in Orleans, Ontario to find family photos and her daughter's underwear missing. The police confirmed that their daughter had been targeted. Keith Morrison reports.(Dateline NBC)Brenda Constantine and her familys life was turned upside down after they return to their home in Orleans, Ontario to find family photos and her daughter's underwear missing. The police confirmed that their daughter had been targeted. Keith Morrison reports.(Dateline)

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:40:38 GMT
Video: Talk of the Town

Feb. 14, 2011: Freddie and Sherry Chason lived a quiet life in Savannah, Tennessee. However all of that changed when Sherry found her husband Freddie in bed, unconscious and near death. Did someone want to harm Freddie? Kate Snow reports.(Dateline NBC)Freddie and Sherry Chason lived a quiet life in Savannah, Tennessee. However all of that changed when Sherry found her husband Freddie in bed, unconscious and near death. Did someone want to harm Freddie? Kate Snow reports.(Dateline)

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:04:47 GMT
Video: Internal Affairs

Feb. 12, 2011: An attractive nurse, Sherri Rasmussen, is murdered in her own home in 1986. There are few clues, except one: a bite mark containing saliva found on Sherri's arm. But it's of little use because DNA testing is not yet available.(Dateline NBC)An attractive nurse, Sherri Rasmussen, is murdered in her own home in 1986. There are few clues, except one: a bite mark containing saliva found on Sherri's arm. But it's of little use because DNA testing is not yet available.(Dateline)

Sat, 12 Feb 2011 16:16:44 GMT
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