Matt Atkinson hails from
Houston, Mississippi. (Grierson’s
Raid came through his town.) He
attended Ole Miss and graduated
with a Bachelor of Business Administration
and Bachelor of Arts in History.
Matt is currently pursuing a
Master of Arts in History at the University
of Louisiana – Monroe. His
thesis is on the Battle of Chickasaw
Bayou or, as he would like to call it
– “Dead Yankees in a Swamp.”
Matt currently resides in Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania with his wife Angela
and five year old son Benjamin
Lee. He is employed by Gettysburg
National Military Park and has a
new company called Civil War Excursion
Matt grew up in Mississippi
loving the Civil War. His parents
took him to local battlefields such
as Vicksburg and Shiloh. Matt always
asked, Dad, did we win here?”
and Dad always responded, “No,
Matt has published a manuscript
by a Confederate staff officer
entitled Drennan’s Letter. William
Drennan witnessed many important
events during the Campaign and Siege of Vicksburg. He will have
copies of his book available for purchase
($8) after the program.
The title of his program is
“1863: The Vicksburg Campaign.”
Matt will explore the five battles of
the campaign, naval aspects, and
the decisions made by Ulysses S.
Grant and John C. Pemberton that
ultimately led to the fall of
the Gibraltar of the Confederacy.
Since he's driving all the way
from Gettysburg, Matt wants everyone
to come out! He promises a
lively and entertaining evening.
Weather Cancellation Notification: If driving conditions are dangerous, the meeting will be cancelled. Watch Channels 6, 8, and 13 for a meeting cancellation, or call Al Prest at 443-2296.