The William E. “Bill” Atkinson Award for Mississippi Civil War History, which carries a $400 stipend, is awarded annually, as merited, in recognition of an outstanding paper, publication, or major research or preservation project that contributes to the knowledge of Mississippi in the Civil War era. These works or projects may be related to the state’s wartime military leaders and military units, or they may be related to the state’s complex wartime social, political, and cultural history. Postwar topics directly related to the Civil War may be considered also. The Atkinson Award may be presented to either 1) a student or 2) a professional or lay historian. All required materials due December 1 annually.
Student Category: A student enrolled in or a graduate of an accredited college or university is eligible.
Professional Category: A professional or lay historian who has made a major contribution to the study or preservation of Mississippi's Civil War history is eligible.
William Edward “Bill” Atkinson was born and raised in Yazoo and Holmes Counties, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in1969. He was a political campaigner, oil man, and third generation cotton farmer who was also an avid student of Mississippi and Confederate history. His sister, Ann Atkinson Simmons of Columbia, Mississippi, created the Atkinson Award in Bill’s memory in 2014.
Applicants must submit:
1) A narrative not to exceed three double-spaced pages which inspired his/her application.
2) A copy of any publication, or scholarly paper which led to his/her application.
3) a professional c.v. or resume
DEADLINE DATE: DECEMBER 1 ANNUALLY
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