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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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Looking to future, more NCAA athletes seek own trademarks

Amid debate on athlete pay, more in NCAA pursue legal ownership of their nicknames, slogans


Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:30:06 GMT
College athletes cashing in with millions in new benefits

Major colleges spending an additional more than $160 million, according to analysis


Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:56:24 GMT
What U-M learned following latest Facebook hacks

The Michigan social media team had along day Aug. 12.


Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:56:14 GMT
Coaches have the power to stop homophobia, open closet for gay athletes

In an an age when gays can marry, they're finding more support in the courts than on them.


Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:06:09 GMT
University of Minnesota athletics director abruptly resigns

The University of Minnesota athletics director has resigned.


Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:13:29 GMT
New details likely to delay resolution of North Carolina academic scandal

Additional violations were discovered in womens basketball and mens soccer.


Fri, 14 Aug 2015 02:18:55 GMT
NLRB rules Northwestern players can't unionize

The decision, though a narrow ruling, is a major win for the school and the NCAA.


Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:05:13 GMT
NCAA members slow to adopt transgender athlete guidelines

The organization and transgender athlete advocates want better response from NCAA schools.


Mon, 3 Aug 2015 04:50:22 GMT
Search firm disputes accusation from Minnesota regarding Norwood Teague

Parker Search points out that a complaint against Teague was filed after his Minnesota hiring.


Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:55:06 GMT
Coastal Carolina to join Sun Belt Conference

In 2012, Coastal Carolina hired Joe Moglia, the former CEO of Ameritrade, as its coach.


Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:00:01 GMT