Matt Atkinson hails from Houston, Mississippi. (Grierson’s Raid came through his town.) He attended Ole Miss (don’t boo) and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in History. In 2016, Matt earned a Master of Arts in History at the University of Louisiana – Monroe. His thesis was on the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou or, as he would like to call it – “Dead Yankees in a Swamp.”
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, not here.”
Matt currently resides in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his twin girls, Emma and Aubrey, and his son Benjamin Lee. He is employed by Gettysburg National Military Park. In his spare time, Matt enjoys listening to sad country songs. The title of his program is “Robert E. Lee: The post-war years”
2:00 pm ~ Butch Pugh ~ Chaplain 19th VA Inf.
2:30 pm ~ Living History Demonstration 19th VA Inf.
3:15 pm ~ Beth White, Ph.D.4:00 pm ~ Matt Atkinson ~ U.S. Park Ranger, Gettysburg Battlefield
Anyone wishing to inquire about our speakers or interested in being a speaker at a future event should contact J.R. Rankins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-299-5360
2018 - Pastor Crieghton Lovelace. Sypmosium: Travis Toombs, Fred D. Taylor, Esq., Pastor Creighton Lovelace, Kenny Rowelette, Assoc. Professor, ret., Christopher Smith, Ph.D.
2017 - Teresa Roane ~ Former MOC Libranrian/Archivis, UDC Archivist
Symposium ~Beth White Ph.D., Kenny Rowlett, Susan Boardman, Bill Potter, Chris
2016 - Chris Mackowski,Ph.D ~ Author, Educator, NPS Tour Guide, Blogger
Symposium ~Kenny Rowlett, Paul J. Bennett, MD, Beth White, Ph.D.
2015 - Ben Jones ~ Actor, Musician, Politician, Entrepreneur
Symposium ~Chris Mackowski, D.Jonathan White, H.V.'Bo' Traywick, Jr., Steve French
2014 - Dr. Mathew Lively ~ Physician, Author
Symposium ~ Beth White, William Connery, Rev. Herman White, and Dr. Mathew Lively.
2013 -Charles Kelly Barrow ~ Educator
Symposium ~ Stephen Lee Ritchie, Richard G. Williams, Jr., Doug Batson, B. Frank Earnest, Charles Kelly Barrow, Rev. Herman White
2012 - Stephen Lee Ritchie - Historian (Lee Chapel). Kelly Atkins Henson (VMI).
Symposium - R. Michael Givens, Charles Kelly Barrow, Timothy Manning, Sr. David Chaltas, and Stephen Lee Ritchie.
2011 - Kenny Rowlett - Assoc. Professor Liberty University
2010 - Pastor John Weaver - Past Chaplain-in-Chief, Sons of Confederate Veterans
2009 - Dr. Michael R. Bradley (Lee Chapel), John Vinson (Jackson's grave)
2008 - Charles E. Baker, D.D. (Lee Chapel) , Peter R. Furmick (Jackson's grave)
2007 - David P. Chaltas, D.D. (Lee Chapel), Richard G. Williams, Jr. (Jackson's grave)
2006 - Rev. Kenneth Studdard (Lee Chapel), Richard G. Williams, Jr. (Jackson's grave)
2005 - Rev. Lloyd Sprinkle
2004 - Richard G. Williams, Jr.
2003 - D. Min. H. Rondel Rumburg ~ The Christian Legacy of Lee and Jackson. Charles "Chuck" Eberle ~ Lee Remembers Jackson
2002 - Charles "Chuck" Eberle ~ Duty and Honor to God, Country, and Banner. Stephen Cassle ~ The Life of Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson
2001 - J. Holt Merchant - Professor of History, Washington & Lee University
2000 -Nora Brooks - as Mrs. Robert E. Lee