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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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Saturday's National League roundup: Nationals win in extra innings, Bronson Arroyo continues hot streak and Jason Kubel homers twice.


Sun, 09 Sep 2012 07:08:57 GMT
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The Atlanta Braves won a Kris Medlen start for the 19th consecutive time as they used a team effort to beat the Mets 11-3 amid bad weather.


Sun, 09 Sep 2012 02:32:09 GMT
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Sun, 09 Sep 2012 00:58:48 GMT
Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez lift Dodgers past Giants

Hanley Ramirez drove in Adrian Gonzalez for the winning run as the Los Angeles Dodgers took a key game against the San Francisco Giants.


Sun, 09 Sep 2012 02:11:23 GMT
Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger suspended for Nationals scuffle

Chicago Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger was suspended for one game for his role in a benches-clearing incident against the Nationals.


Sat, 08 Sep 2012 23:04:00 GMT
Roundup: Giants top Dodgers to extend NL West lead

Marco Scutaro hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh as the Giants beat the Dodgers 5-2 to extend their division lead to 5 1/2 games.


Sat, 08 Sep 2012 05:36:10 GMT
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Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg lasted only three innings in his final start at home, giving up five runs and two homers.


Sat, 08 Sep 2012 04:59:31 GMT
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Four people were ejected when benches cleared twice in two innings of Thursday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.


Fri, 07 Sep 2012 04:59:29 GMT
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Andrew McCutchen retook the NL batting race lead Tuesday, and somewhere in MLB's offices, a few folks had to be smiling.


Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:40:32 GMT
Roundup: Nationals hit six homers in win over Cubs

Washington had six home runs for the second consecutive game, including two from Bryce Harper, and beat the Cubs 9-1.


Thu, 06 Sep 2012 05:55:53 GMT
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