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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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No decision on American Pharoah future

'We were surprised he got beat. We werent really prepared for a losing speech' -- Bob Baffert on American Pharoah loss


Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:57:04 GMT
Owner says American Pharoah might be retired after Travers loss

Keen Ice, a 16-1 Travers longshot, may have sent the Triple Crown winner into retirement.


Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:42:00 GMT
Keen Ice stuns American Pharoah to win Travers Stakes

The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years couldn't hang on down the stretch


Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:53:05 GMT
Sheer Drama, Flintshire among winners on Travers undercard

The Travers Day undercard produced four automatic qualifers for races in the Breeders' Cup.


Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:39:39 GMT
Churchill Downs upgrading premium clubhouse seating

Churchill Downs upgrading premium clubhouse seating in time for 2016 Kentucky Derby


Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:56:08 GMT
Pharoah looks good after loss; no decision on racing plans

Still a star after stunning loss, American Pharoah is looking good, but no word on race plans


Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:30:39 GMT
Stellar Wind wins Torrey Pines Stakes for fillies at Del Mar

Stellar Wind wins Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar


Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:14:33 GMT
Valid wins Monmouth's Iselin Stakes

Valid wins Monmouth's Iselin Stakes with a new rider, different strategy


Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:20:03 GMT
Lady Shipman breaks Mellon turf mark for 5 1/2 furlongs

Lady Shipman breaks Mellon turf course record for 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga


Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:20:13 GMT
12-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Bart Cummings dies

Bart Cummings, 12-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer, dies at 87


Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:52:14 GMT