United Daughters of the Confederacy®
The Texas Confederate Museum Collection, owned by The Texas Division United Daughters of the Confederacy®, is held in public trust for the citizens of the state of Texas. The mission of the Texas Confederate Museum Collection is to collect and preserve artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history of the Confederate states and interpret the collection to the public through the use of exhibits, educational programs and publications.
Included in the artifacts and historical materials in the Texas Civil War Museum Collection are documents, clothing, weaponry, reference books, a Jefferson Davis piano, a silver service that belonged to Dick Dowling, a lock of Robert E. Lee’s hair, a S. Salomon painting of Winnie Davis, a field desk of General Ben McCullough and the largest collection of Confederate flags from Texas units in the State.
In 1987, the Flag Collection alone was appraised in non-restored condition at $700,000. At that time, the collection consisted of 33 Confederate flags, 4 Union flags, 4 United Confederate Veterans flags, 3 Post War flags, one World War I flag and two World War II flags. The history of each flag was researched, verified and documented. In 1992, conservation effort for the artifact collection was begun with a projected cost of $305,562.
To date, 39 flags plus 5 Artifacts/Archival Documents have been conserved through cash donations, grants or in-kind services, for a total cost of $646,405. Today the Texas Confederate Museum Collection is valued at $2,250,000.
In 2001, The Texas Division United Daughters of the Confederacy®, partnered with the Texas Civil War Museum, to house and display the Texas Confederate Museum Collection, along with two private collections. The grand opening of the new museum was held on January 24, 2006.
The museum has hosted 65,714 visitors from 76 countries, and every state in the United States.