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.

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7:45 am
Tue January 13, 2015

History Matters: American Cemetery is a Natchitoches treasure

Commentator Gary Joiner highlights American Cemetery in Natchitoches, the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. Established around 1737, the cemetery is only a few years younger than the town itself, and its historic landscape is filled with trees and wildlife. It is located on the 200 block of Second Street in the Natchitoches Historic District and open to the public during daylight hours.

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8:33 am
Tue January 6, 2015

History Matters: Poor communication caused more turmoil in the War of 1812

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 9:44 am

Treaties can put a stop to war. But as Commentator Gary Joiner points out, battles wage on after a war ends, as was the case with the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

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7:45 am
Tue December 30, 2014

History Matters: Father Time gets little respect in fast times

The legendary, late folk singer Pete Seeger wrote: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." But commentator Gary Joiner wonders why there isn’t enough time to spare today -- even to appreciate timekeeping technology through the ages?

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7:56 am
Tue December 23, 2014

History Matters: Tuskegee Airmen demonstrated valor and values of American fighting men

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 8:53 am

Commentator Gary Joiner lays the historical groundwork for this year's recipient of the Spirit of Independence Award that will be presented Saturday at the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

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7:45 am
Tue December 16, 2014

History Matters: Think twice before tossing ephemera

Next time you open up your wallet or reach inside of your purse, chances are you’ll come into contact with bits and pieces of things that make up who you are. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why these remnants of life matter.

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7:45 am
Tue December 9, 2014

History Matters: Fruitcake's checkered past begs historical context

First published in 1885, this was the first Creole cookbook ever printed, and it includes a recipe for fruitcake.

Fruitcake is one of the most ridiculed holiday traditions, but for many families, it is one with a rich history. Marilyn Joiner has graciously shared two of her go-to fruitcake recipes. 

Splendid Fruitcake

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7:45 am
Tue December 2, 2014

History Matters: Who is your favorite American president and why?

Commentator Gary Joiner asks listeners a question he gets a lot: Who are your five favorite presidents and how do you rank them? The answer may change over time.

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7:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

History Matters: Thanksgiving was in order after harrowing voyage on a small ship

Families sit down together Thursday and enjoy a lavish meal giving thanks for the many blessings of the past year. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why this all-American holiday may not be so rooted in patriotism.

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7:52 am
Tue November 18, 2014

History Matters: Bone chilling temperatures were heralded in 19th century Louisiana

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 9:06 am

During fall 1878 the southern Mississippi Valley was gripped by a massive Yellow Fever epidemic. North Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas had outbreaks of the Saffron Scourge, and the frost seemed to help bring an end to the suffering.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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