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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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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9:42am

Tue December 18, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: Remembering Operation Linebacker II

Commentator Gary Joiner marks the 40th anniversary of a milestone in military aviation. Operation Linebacker II was an 11-day assault on the North Vietnamese capital and surrounding area in Dec. 1972 that forced the enemy back to the negotiating table.

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12:47pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: A look back at the Red Kettle campaign

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the history of the Salvation Army and its Red Kettle campaign.

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