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History Matters: Why 'sacred soil' matters

Dr. Gary Joiner
Dr. Gary Joiner
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Dr. Gary Joiner

Commentator Gary Joiner takes a "soil test" of sorts. He explores why Civil War soldiers took up arms on one side or the other in the bloodiest war in America's history.

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.”
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