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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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China pledges to cut 300,000 troops from its massive army

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands in a car to review the army during a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II held in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The spectacle involved more than 12,000 troops, 500 pieces of military hardware and 200 aircraft of various types, representing what military officials say is the Chinese military's most cutting-edge technology. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)China's leader announced the cuts at the start of a huge parade marking Japan's WWII defeat.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:01:05 -0400
Relentless writer on bin Laden raid mistake, deadly Xbox

Members of the anti-terrorism squad are seen surrounding the compound where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in AbbottabadTo find out how the difference between a chain-link fence and a stone wall nearly spelled disaster for the Americans carrying out the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, pick up Relentless: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:43:08 -0400
GOP reportedly seeks pledge to avert Trump third-party run

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after speaking at a rally at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. NBC announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, that Trump will sit down with host Jimmy Fallon to discuss his campaign and other issues on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," on Sept. 11. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)WASHINGTON (AP) Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:36:09 -0400
Kentucky clerk seeks same-sex marriage license reprieve

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis gestures as she refuses to issue marriage licenses to a same-sex couple in MoreheadA county clerk in Kentucky sought an emergency injunction on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal court order requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day before she goes to court to face contempt charges. Kim Davis, the elected Rowan County clerk, says her religious beliefs as an Apostolic Christian stop her from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that made gay marriage legal nationwide.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:21:37 -0400
Australia under fire for lobbying on California kangaroo trade

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in the U.S. state, a restriction the industry argues would cripple exports of the marsupials' meat and leather. The California senate will vote on Thursday on a bill to extend a moratorium indefinitely on the sale of kangaroo products like premier league baseball mitts and fire retardant gloves favored by U.S. firefighters. Powerful animal rights and democracy lobbyists in California are angry about the way the bill was introduced this week via the backdoor, just days before the end of the current legislative session, following extensive Australian government lobbying and financial aid.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:52:46 -0400
Obama's Arctic adventure ends with sinking village, fish spawn

Obama observes traditional salmon preserving with fishermen on the shore of the Nushagak River in Dillingham, AlaskaBy Roberta Rampton KOTZEBUE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama got a taste of the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, dropping in to two remote fly-in native villages in a journey the White House hopes will show how climate change is affecting Americans. Crossing the Arctic Circle, Air Force One flew over Kivalina, pop. Obama said Kivalina is a harbinger of hardships other parts of the country could face if global warming goes unchecked.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:16:35 -0400
Kentucky clerk unlikely star in fight against gay marriage

Kentucky County Clerk Defiant in Denying Marriage Licenses to Same Sex CouplesFans of Kim Davis have rallied around the Kentucky clerk while foes have lined up in protest since she touted her religious beliefs in defiance of a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. From the overwhelmed florist in Morehead, Kentucky, delivering bouquets to her nearby office, to a fellow county clerk biking across the state to show solidarity, to a Republican presidential candidate calling hers a fight against tyranny, many are standing with her. This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant Davis a stay on a federal judge's injunction that would force her to issue marriage licenses to all comers.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:05:42 -0400
Hillary Clinton unveils $10 billion plan to fight substance abuse

Increasing local prevention efforts for teens is just part of the Democratic presidential hopefuls strategy.

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NFL's first female coach on concussions, Tom Brady

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:05:14 -0400
Ben Carson on the issues: Inside the mind of the retired neurosurgeon surging in polls

Carson has never held elected office, but that might actually be a boon rather than a hindrance in appealing to conservatives frustrated with politics as usual.

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