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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A. C. Michael - c 1914 - 1915 / This image is in the public domain in the United States because it was first published outside the United States prior to January 1, 1923.

Airs Tuesday, December 26, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Gary Joiner takes us back to 1914 and the Christmas truce on the battlefield.

Portrait said to be of Jean Lafitte
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Airs Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner profiles the privateer Jean Lafitte and why his history matters.

Mathew Brady, war photographer (wearing straw hat), with General Ambrose Burnside (reading newspaper), taken while Burnside was in command of the Army of the Potomac, early in 1863, after his ill-fated attack on Fredericksburg.
The photographic history of the Civil war, vol 1 - / This media file is in the public domain in the United States. This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired, often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1924, and if not then due to lack of notice or renewal.

Airs Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner offers some thoughts on the historical significance of photographs, and how they change our understanding of history.

Atchafalaya Basin by Reverend Charley Photography
Reverend Charley Photography / Reverend Charley Photography - Used by Permission

Airs Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner takes a look at the Atchafalaya Basin, a treasure of Louisiana, and the mysteries and history of the basin.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Erika Gordon, kennel master for the 25th Military Police Company, uses a building for cover while her military working dog, Hanna wearing "K9 Storm" body armor, clears a doorway at the military-operations-in-urban-terrain training site
Spc. Cheryl Ransford / This image is a work of a U.S. Army soldier or employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

Airs Tuesday, November 11, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner looks back at the use of dogs as warriors during war, from ancient times to the present.