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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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Michigan Cat Survives Being Shot With Crossbow

A Michigan cat was stable and a $1,000 reward was posted for information leading to whoever shot it with a crossbow arrow, authorities said Tuesday.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:51:38 GMT
Mother of Oregon College Shooter Wrote About Guns, Autism

The mother of a gunman who killed nine people in Oregon last week had written in the past about her enthusiasm for firearms.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:51:26 GMT
New York Attorney General Probing Fantasy Sports Sites

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opens an investigation into whether employees of DraftKings and FanDuel leveraged insider information.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:17:38 GMT
Mystery of El Faro: What Doomed Missing Cargo Ship?

The mystery of why the El Faro stalled and then sank in a hurricane has not been solved. Thirty-three crew, including 28 Americans, are still missing.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:05:13 GMT
California Governor Signs Law Targeting Gender Wage Gap

Legislation signed into law Tuesday offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation, supporters say.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:58:43 GMT
Runners Rescue Fellow Racer

When 75-year-old Rick Kleyman collapsed during the Twin Cities Marathon this weekend, two fellow runners helped him across the finish line.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:31:05 GMT
Husband Forced To Live On The Lawn

A Texas couple's marital woes take a very public turn when wife forces husband to live on the lawn. KPRC's Jennifer Bauer reports.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:30:06 GMT
Florida Teen Set On Fire

A Florida teen is on life support after being doused in alcohol and set on fire as part of a Facebook "Fire Challenge."

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:12:46 GMT
Texas Executes Its 11th Inmate of the Year

Juan Garcia shot a former missionary while stealing just $8. He was pronounced dead at 6:26 p.m. CT. Tuesday.

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:59:58 GMT
Cat Survives Crossbow Attack

Michigan authorities search for person who used crossbow to shoot cat. WILX's Faith Miller reports.

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:50:35 GMT
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