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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9:03am

Tue January 29, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Keep the memory of Louisiana's ghost towns alive

Commentator Gary Joiner explores abandoned towns -- from Rum Center to Fischer -- and explains why their history matters.

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9:11am

Tue January 22, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Exploring Lincoln's legacy

President Barack Obama's inauguration came within days of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Commentator Gary Joiner has this reflection on Lincoln's legacy.

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10:12am

Tue January 15, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: The life of an extraordinary mapmaker

Commentator Gary Joiner pens a profile of Maj. Jedediah Hotchkiss, a gifted cartographer during the Civil War era.

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7:35am

Tue January 8, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Camp Ruston in focus

Commentator Gary Joiner examines the historical context of the World War II POW Camp Ruston

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7:35am

Tue December 25, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: Indulgences in eggnog and its history

Commentator Gary Joiner is an eggnog snob! He has the story behind his favorite eggnog recipe, and there's a history lesson mixed in. Click on this story to view Marilyn Joiner's recipe.

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