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.

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Commentator Gary Joiner explains the surprising story behind the Nobel Peace Prize and Alfred Nobel's research on  nitroglycerin.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

Commentator Gary Joiner reflects on the military strategy of George Washing ton and why he decided to cross the icy Delaware River on Christmas in order to move closer to America’s independence.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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Commentator Gary Joiner remembers a truce like no other and Christmas in No Man’s Land in 1914 in the early months of World War I.

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner looks at what makes a hero through the story of Tech. Sgt. Maurice Victor "Red" Henry, a top gunner in World War II combat.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

Commentator Gary Joiner delves deeper into the history of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 74 years ago this week.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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