Texas Civil War Museum

By: Cynthia Loveless Harriman

Type: General Entry

Published: February 26, 2018

The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation. The museum opened on January 24, 2006, as the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River and was born out of a passion shared by Ray and Judy Richey who in 1987 began collecting treasures of one of the United States’s most defining historical periods. His collection of Union and Confederate military artifacts is considered to be one of the largest private collections in the world. Her collection contains hundreds of Victorian-era dresses and accessories. Also housed at the museum is the Texas Confederate Museum Collection of the Texas Division United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The mission of the Texas Civil War Museum is to collect and preserve artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history of the American Civil War and the role Texas played in the conflict. The museum interprets the collection to the public through the use of permanent and rotating exhibits, educational programs, and publications stressing the character, sacrifice, and courage of the Civil War soldier. The museum is approximately 15,000 square feet and contains a seventy-four-seat theater that shows the museum’s commissioned thirty-minute documentary Our Homes—Our Rights—Texas in the Civil War. The facility houses eight galleries: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Navy, Medical, Texas, Flags, and Dresses. The Confederate artifacts are exhibited on the South wall and the Union artifacts on the North wall in mirror images giving the visitor a unique opportunity to compare and contrast both armies. The Texas gallery showcases military, home front, flags, veterans, and dioramas with the emphasis on Texas. The Victorian Dress gallery exhibits approximately forty exquisite dresses for both women and children and displays outfits complete with hats, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and underpinnings. Four large cases are dedicated to the style of each decade (1860–1900). Texas Civil War Museum offers a variety of additional programming for all ages, and its gift shop, the Magnolia Mercantile, carries items related to its mission and hundreds of books about the Civil War.

Texas Civil War Museum (http://www.texascivilwarmuseum.com/?view=mobile), accessed February 20, 2018.  

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February 26, 2018

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