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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7:36 am
Tue April 29, 2014

History Matters: Dirt has historical significance that withstands test of time

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the dirt under our feet and sweeps it into today's history lesson.

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7:34 am
Tue April 22, 2014

History Matters: 26-year-old Shreveport mayor turned federal judge was a dynamic leader

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner profiles Civil War veteran and Mississippi-native Alexander "Aleck" Boarman who holds the distinction of being the youngest mayor of Shreveport and later served as a federal judge.

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8:26 am
Tue April 15, 2014

History Matters: Don't forget the RMS Titanic on Tax Day

Commentator Gary Joiners remembers the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic, 102 years later. One of the most famous shipwrecks in history, it's memorialized in books, movies, songs and exhibits around the world.

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7:37 am
Tue April 8, 2014

History Matters: Battle of Mansfield strategy has ties to classical history

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 10:38 am

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers Gen. Richard Taylor, the mastermind behind the Battle of Mansfield and the hero of the Red River Campaign on the 150th anniversary.

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7:40 am
Tue April 1, 2014

History Matters: A Civil War veteran scrutinized every turn in the Battle of Mansfield

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers Civil War veteran James A. Jarratt who wanted to ensure his firsthand account of the Battle of Mansfield helped lend clarity to  history.

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7:36 am
Tue March 25, 2014

History Matters: Military historian Edwin Cole Bearss set my course

Commentator Gary Joiner recalls visiting Vicksburg National Military Park in the 7th grade. It was life changing. That day he met military historian Edwin Cole Bearss whose footsteps he wanted to follow in, and so he did.

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7:36 am
Tue March 18, 2014

History Matters: Burr's Ferry was a key crossing point over Sabine River

Commentator Gary Joiner takes listeners on a road trip to an area along the Sabine River with a rich history as a crossing point between Louisiana and Texas.

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7:37 am
Tue March 11, 2014

History Matters: Discover the wonders of Skara Brae

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a journey to Scotland for this historical snapshot of the stone-built Neolithic settlement Skara Brae.

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7:42 am
Tue March 4, 2014

History Matters: Sarah Knox Taylor died young and in love

Commentator Gary Borders has a portrait of Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of Zachary Taylor, who was a career military officer during her lifetime and later became president. Sarah Knox Taylor is buried near St. Francisville, La., at Locust Grove State Historic Site.

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7:36 am
Tue February 25, 2014

History Matters: '12 Years a Slave' puts uncomfortable American history in focus

With the 86th Academy Awards ceremony less than a week away, commentator Gary Joiner is pleased with the Oscar buzz surrounding "12 Years a Slave" that closely examines an undeniable chapter in American history.

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