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On the Calendar:  Saturday, 10/17/2015
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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Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:28:45 -0400
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Major market index futures lost nearly 3% Tuesday.

     
 
 

Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:14:05 -0400
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Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:17:00 -0400
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Apple - along with the rest of the Nasdaq - has lost all its gains for the year

     
 
 

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:31:54 -0400
McDonald's to start all-day breakfast nationally on Oct. 6

The slumping fast food chain hopes the move will give them a boost.

     
 
 

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:36:23 -0400
GM CEO joins Facebook, doesn't mince words

She invokes the name of Sheryl Sandberg as she creates her first page.

     
 
 

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:24:30 -0400
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The number of stocks that have crashed below a buck is the highest in three years

     
 
 

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:11:58 -0400
Financial stocks whacked as Jefferies CEO writes about trading 'pain'

Jefferies CEO discusses trading 'pain' in letter about August volatility

     
 
 

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:06:33 -0400
Manufacturing growth slows to 2-year low Aug.

A key report Tuesday dampened hopes that U.S. manufacturing will serve as a growth engine

     
 
 

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:29:59 -0400
Average American wrong on Social Security's importance

The majority don't understand just how important the institution is.

     
 
 

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