Gary Joiner, Ph.D.

Gary Joiner is a cartographer and an associate professor of history at LSU in Shreveport.  He is the author or editor of 12 books including “Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862,” “One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864,” “Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864,” “Red River Steamboats,” and “Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: Mississippi Squadron.”

Joiner was appointed chairman of Louisiana's Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force and also serves on the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.

Joiner’s commentaries air Tuesdays at 7:35 a.m. He explores a wide range of historical topics, and is currently working on a book compilation of his Red River Radio commentaries.

Political parties are part of the fabric of American history. As politicians seek their party's bid for a 2016 presidential run, it makes commentator Gary Joiner think about all the political parties that have come out of the woodwork over the past 150 years.


Commentator Gary Joiner reflects on why history does matter.

Before luxury cruise ships, yachts and passenger ferries, the steamboat was how many people made their way across America. Commentator Gary Joiner delves into this yesteryear mode of transportation that is now mostly for tourism and spectacle. 

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us to Camp Ford, Civil War landmark in Tyler, Texas. It was largest Confederate-operated prisoner of war camp west of the Mississippi River. 

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers New Orleanian Homer Plessy and his act of civil disobedience that made its mark on history.

Commentator Gary Joiner recalls the New London School Explosion in New London, Texas, 78 years ago this week.

Commentator Gary Joiner takes a look at the origins of slavery in this installment of History Matters.

A multi-state outbreak of the measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, has public health departments on guard. The measles outbreak reminds commentator Gary Joiner of how the disease spread during the Civil War.

Tracing your family's genealogy can unearth a good bit of drama. Commentator Gary Joiner says TV producers are cashing in on those made-for-television moments in the TLC series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' The sixth season premieres Feb. 24.

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art features a photography retrospective, “Images of Excellence: The O. Winston Link Centennial,” running through Jan. 31. The photographer's son, Shreveport resident W. Conway Link, helped curate the exhibit. It features more than 50 black and white photographs, including three large bodies of Link's work—his Louisiana series, his commercial photography, and his steam locomotive series. Commentator Gary Joiner explains who was O. Winston Link.