Great Raft

Commentator Gary Joiner honors Army Lt. Eugene Augustus Woodruff who gave his life to Shreveport and died on Sept. 30, 1873, just two months shy of his 32nd birthday, as he cared for residents stricken with Yellow Fever.

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner traces the ownership of a valuable tract of land next to the Red River -- from cotton fields to sprawling military air base.

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Commentator Gary Joiners draws a history lesson from Bayou Dorcheat that flows east of Shreveport into Lake Bistineau.

 Commentator Gary Joiner ventures to the center of Oakland Cemetery to look at the life of Eugene Woodruff, a hero from the reconstruction era.