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 who has made a major contribution to the study or preservation of Mississippi's Civil War history. All required materials due December 1 annually. No self-nominations accepted.
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.
No self-nominations accepted. To nominate a publication or project, please submit:
1) A short narrative that inspired the nomination.
2) A copy of any publication, or scholarly paper which led to the nomination. Books nominated should be mailed to the Atkinson Award Committee chair (see address at bottom of page).
3) a resume or biographical sketch of the nominee.
DEADLINE DATE: DECEMBER 1 ANNUALLY
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