Gary Joiner, Ph.D.

Host of "History Matters"

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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7:35am

Tue April 15, 2014
Commentary

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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7:36am

Tue April 8, 2014

7:35am

Tue April 1, 2014
Commentary

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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7:35am

Tue March 25, 2014
Commentary

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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7:35am

Tue March 18, 2014
Commentary

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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