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 29, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Dirt has historical significance that withstands test of time

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the dirt under our feet and sweeps it into today's history lesson.

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7:35am

Tue April 22, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: 26-year-old Shreveport mayor turned federal judge was a dynamic leader

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner profiles Civil War veteran and Mississippi-native Alexander "Aleck" Boarman who holds the distinction of being the youngest mayor of Shreveport and later served as a federal judge.

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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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