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 7:45 a.m. He explores a wide range of historical topics, and is currently working on a book compilation of his Red River Radio commentaries.

Ways to Connect

Press Image / LSU Shreveport

Airs Tuesday, September 20, at 7:45 a.m. Dr. Gary Joiner takes us through the concept and relationship of sacred soil with the souls who live on it. 

Press Image / LSU Shreveport

Airs Tuesday, September 13, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner explores why some towns disappear off the map and what leads to their ghost town demise. 
History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.



American history includes events that are so profound that we all recall where we were and what we were doing when they occurred. When September 11, 2001, dawned, it was another work day, but one that would prove to be like no other. We in Shreveport-Bossier observed most historic events from a distance; however, our community was forever linked to the fateful events of 9/11 when President George W. Bush landed at Barksdale Air Force Base and addressed the nation and the world.