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.



Tue May 22, 2012

History Matters: A look back at Bayou Dorcheat

Commentator Gary Joiner explores a body of water that has been called the heart of Webster Parish, Bayou Dorcheat.



Tue May 15, 2012

History Matters: Remembering a Tyler, Texas, POW camp

Commentator Gary Joiner focuses his historical lens on Camp Ford, the largest Confederate-run prison west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War.


Tue May 8, 2012

History Matters: On asterisk reality and the Oxford English Dictionary

Commentator Gary Joiner has a history lesson on "asterisk reality" and a great practitioner of it, J.R.R. Tolkien, in his editing capacity at the Oxford English Dictionary.


Tue May 1, 2012

History Matters: A nod to Louisiana's bicenntenial

Commentator Gary Joiner explores how Louisiana became the nation's 18th state on April 30, 1812.


Tue April 24, 2012

History Matters: A generational connection to the U.S. Air Force's 4th Fighter Group

Commentator Gary Joiner salutes airmen from the 4th Fighter Wing, and explains how his career pursuit was shaped by World War II pilots.