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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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Bush says he'd back Trump as Republican presidential candidate

Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Trump talks with fellow candidate Bush during a commercial break at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in ClevelandJeb Bush said on Thursday he would back fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump if the businessman-turned-politician wins the party's nomination for the 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee. Asked if he would support Trump as Republican nominee over Clinton in the November 2016 contest, Bush said, "I would, of course." "We need to be unified.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:49:11 -0400
Trump expected to sign Republican loyalty pledge: party official

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers questions from reporters at a campaign fundraiser at the home of car dealer Ernie Boch Jr. in NorwoodU.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump is expected on Thursday to sign a pledge not to run as an independent candidate if he loses the Republican Party nomination, a party official said, despite earlier refusals to rule out a third-party bid. An independent Trump candidacy in the November, 2016 election could split support for the Republican Party and give the Democrats a huge boost. Almost two months after reaching the top of opinion polls among Republicans, Trump has come under sustained fire for the first time from one of his main rivals for the nomination, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:43:55 -0400
Biden meets Jewish leaders in Florida to defend Iran deal

Joe Biden speaksat a meeting with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in DavieBy John Whitesides DAVIE, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden tried to reassure Jewish leaders in south Florida on Thursday that President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran would be a vital step toward making the world a safer place. Biden, on a two-day trip to the political swing state of Florida as he explores a potential 2016 White House run, told a roundtable of more than 30 Jewish leaders he was confident the deal would halt Iran's capability to develop a nuclear bomb.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:41:42 -0400
New approach to old alliance for Saudi King and Obama

U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman at the start of a bilateral meeting at Erga Palacein RiyadhBy Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh's efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a nuclear deal that will relieve Tehran of some international pressure. Despite Saudi disappointment with Obama's push for a nuclear deal with Iran and his lack of direct action against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the U.S. role in Riyadh's war in Yemen shows Washington remains the kingdom's core strategic partner.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:11:25 -0400
Tragic image of drowned Syrian toddler highlights human cost of refugee crisis

Aylan KurdiPictures of a 3-year-old Syrian boys body washed up on a Turkish beach is bringing attention to the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn home.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:51:34 -0400
Homicide suspected in 'clearly suspicious' death of off-duty Texas officer: Police

Authorities are investigating the death of Abilene police officer Don Allen as a homicide.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:01:26 -0400
These men's rights activists are using a 1950s law to shut down women in tech

Women are already underrepresented in the tech world. Mens rights activists are making it worse by filing costly lawsuits against businesses focused on helping women succeed.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:30:34 -0400
That time Hillary Clinton emailed about Gefilte fish

The latest batch of Hillary Clintons emails, released by the State Department after dark on Monday, includes discussions of presidential politics as well as sensitive and high-risk diplomatic dealings. In one grim message, Chelsea Clinton warns her parents that relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti are riddled with incompetence and declares herself profoundly disturbed by what she saw during a trip to that Caribbean country.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:04:00 -0400
A growing immigration crisis

An immigration crisis tests world leaders as refugees continue to flee and risk their lives to escape violence at home. Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric speaks to the director of the Human Rights Watch's refugee program to see if anything can stem the tide.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:07:22 -0400
How a Refugee Family Desperate to Get to Germany Was Smuggled from Syria to Greece

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:56:00 -0400
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