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Presented by the Mississippi Historical Society

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 can include, but are not limited to subjects relating to political and military leadership and military units, as well as the state’s complex wartime social, political, and cultural history. The Atkinson Award can be presented to either 1) a student or 2) a professional or lay historian. Nominations must be submitted by November 1 in order to give the nominees sufficient time to send in the required materials by the annual December 1 deadline.

Student Category

Eligible candidates are students enrolled in or a graduate of an accredited college or university whose paper, publication, or significant research project makes a major contribution to our understanding of the history of Civil War-era Mississippi.

Professional Category

Eligible candidates may be either a professional or lay historian who has made a major contribution to the study or preservation of Mississippi’s Civil War history.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit:

1) A narrative of their scholarly, research, or preservation effort that is the focus of their application. The narrative statement should not exceed three (3) double-spaced pages.

2) A copy of their paper, publication, or examples of their research/preservation efforts that they are submitting for consideration for the Atkinson Award.

3) A professional C.V. or resume.

Deadline: December 1 annually (nominations due November 1)

Application Submission/Contact Person

Application materials may be submitted electronically using the Atkinson Award online form.

All application materials must be completed online or postmarked by regular mail on or before December 1 to:

Dr. Anne Marshall
Department of History
213 Allen Hall
Mississippi State University
Starkville, Mississippi 39762
Phone: 662-325-8912

Any questions concerning the Aktinson Award should be directed to Dr. Marshall at

William Edward “Bill” Atkinson was born and raised in Yazoo and Holmes Counties, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1969. 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.