Heritage, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 1995 Page: 24
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Historic Tour of
Confederate Research Center
and Audie Murphy
Historians, genealogists, and art lovers
will all find something of interest at the
Confederate Research Center and Museum
located on the campus of Hill College
in Hillsboro in Northeast Texas. Established
in 1963, the center is home to
more than 5,000 books, brochures, and
pamphlets on the War Between the States
with special emphasis on Confederate military
Researchers and historians especially
will find the center fascinating, and a comfortable
reading room and work area is
available upon request. Reference books
including "The Official Records", "Southern
Historical Society Papers", the "Confederate
Veteran & Confederate Military
History" can all be found at the center.
History enthusiasts will also be interested
in the capsule histories of more than 3,000
Confederate regiments, special units, and
Confederate ships that are housed at the
An extensive microfilm index contains
information including all of the Texas newspapers
published during the war, 1860 census
reports of Texas counties, and an information
file on Texas-Confederate soldiers.
Also available is a file containing original
letters, documents, maps, and photographs.
For those who are not involved in
research, there are many interesting exhibits
and an extensive collection of military
art, including battle dioramas, figurines,
bronzes, original oils and water colors,
and signed and numbered prints by
leading Confederate artists and steel engravers.
Researchers will find
more than 5,000 books,
brochures, and other
types of literature on the
War Between the States,
with special emphasis on
history, at the Confederate
Research Center and
Museum located in
Other artifacts such as Confederate flags
carried during the war and framed letters
and documents concerning military and
civilian leaders can be found throughout
the museum. Of special interest are the
numerous displays of artillery pieces and
There is a special display of Civil War
carbines, including several experimental
models. An extensive weaponry library featuring
more than 300 volumes is also available
A highlight of the Confederate Research
Center and Museum is the Audie
L. Murphy Gun Museum and Weaponry
Library. The exhibit features Murphy's
military uniform, an autographed copy of
his book "To Hell and Back", and assorted
literature and research information on
Murphy and his acclaimed military accomplishments.
Each year since 1979, the Center has
hosted the Confederate History Symposium
on the first Saturday in April (except
on Easter weekend). The symposium features
nationally known speakers and demonstrations
of Confederate battle tactics
and drills. Space is limited, and early reservations
(before March 1) are suggested in
order to ensure a seat.
Located on State Highway 22, just east
of Hillsboro at the Harold B. Simpson Hill
College History Complex, the museum is
open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays,
except college holidays. For additional
information about the research center or
the history symposium, call (817) 5822555
or write P.O. Box 619, Hillsboro,
In addition to the Confederate Research
Center and Museum, Texas history buffs
will find numerous other sites in and around
Hillsboro to keep them busy. The restored
MKT Railroad Depot is now the home of
the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and
the town's Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Established in 1853, Hillsboro is the
site of the Hill County Courthouse, which
was built in 1891 and renovated in 1968,
and which is open to tourists. Visitors should
also take time to see the Hill County Cell
Block Museum in Hillsboro, which houses
many artifacts and memorabilia from Hill
County and the surrounding area. The
museum is open on the second and fourth
Saturdays, from April to November.
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