I am searching specific subject articles and they are listed from oldest date to the most recent date.  I want to be able organize the dates from ascending to descending within the specific subject that the user specifies. 
 
I have already tried Claudia's recommendation (Thank you by the way!)
 
You can configure the browse index, see
[dspace-source]/dspace/config/dspace.cfg
Section ###### Browse Configuration ######

# For compatibility with previous versions:
#
webui.browse.index.1 = dateissued:item:dateissued

If you want to have the browse by date issued desc just change the line to:
webui.browse.index.1 = dateissued:item:dateissued:desc
 
But it still did not work. If any one has any ideas please email lmullan@lrri.org, just because she is the DSpace master at our institute.