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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NPR Story
7:42 am
Tue August 20, 2013

History Matters: History buffs should flock to Jefferson, Texas

Commentator Gary Joiner spotlights an East Texas town that is trapped in time -- in a good way. He calls Jefferson, Texas, a historian's jewel in the woods.


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NPR Story
7:39 am
Tue August 13, 2013

History Matters: Civil War historians follow the footsteps of Union soldiers

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a road trip. We follow the Red River Campaign that Civil War historians like to travel to follow in the footsteps of the Union army soldiers who moved through the area more than 150 years ago.


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NPR Story
7:36 am
Tue August 6, 2013

History Matters: Letter writing has made a mark on history

Commentator Gary Joiner puts old-fashioned pen to paper this week with thoughts about letter writing and journaling and their important contribution to history.


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NPR Story
7:46 am
Tue July 30, 2013

History Matters: Wyatt Earp left his stamp on the Wild West

He was portrayed in many films as the lawman who imparted violent justice in the old West -- walking away from the shootout at the O.K. Corral unscathed. In today's installment of History Matters, commentator Gary Joiner takes us into the life of Wyatt Earp.


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NPR Story
8:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

History Matters: Polish military will never forget its winged hussars

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:41 am

The Polish winged hussars were famous for their huge "wings," a wooden frame carrying feathers of birds. Commentator Gary Joiner says it's a history that the Polish Air Force honors today.


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Red River Radio
11:11 am
Mon July 15, 2013

History Matters: Islands have unique histories worth exploring

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:42 am

Islands are not just about vacation paradise and escape. As commentator Gary Joiner points out, their discovery and sometimes mere existence have deep historical significance.


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Red River Radio
1:33 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

History Matters: El Camino Real is a complex journey of pushing frontiers

The El Camino Real: From its starting point in Louisiana, this royal road spans the broad expanse of Texas. Commentator Gary Joiner explores its history.


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Red River Radio
7:36 am
Tue July 2, 2013

History Matters: Louisiana Should Treasure Poverty Point

About 100 golfers converged last week in Delhi, La., to play in a charity tournament raining money for a new nonprofit organization that aims to promote Poverty Point State Historic Site. Poverty Point, near Epps, is in the running to become a World Heritage site. Commentator Gary Joiner profiles its historic mounds.


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