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Marshall in Harrison County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of The Confederate Hat Factory in Marshall, C.S.A.

 
 
Confederate Hat Factory in Marshall, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2014
1. Confederate Hat Factory in Marshall, C.S.A. Marker
Inscription.  Texas had very few factories in 1861 when she joined the Confederate States of America and went to war on the issue of States’ Rights. Some of the manufacturing plants necessary to supply military goods were thereupon established in and around Marshall, which later (1863) became headquarters for Confederate Operations West of the Mississippi River.

At the site of this marker, there was operated in the basement of a dwelling house a factory which brought high quality fur felt from a plant situated on Young’s Mill Pond near Hallsville (13 mi. W), and made military hats to outfit Texas Soldiers and other troops fighting for the Confederacy. Some 40 men were employed here in blocking and finishing hats and in making blankets and saddle blankets.

Successive generations of the Edmund Key family owned and occupied the house where the Confederate Hat Factory had been operated during the Civil War. After the structure burned in 1962 the Key family tendered (in 1975) the site to the Harrison County Conservation Society as a park dedicated in memory of civic leaders Edmund and Rae Lyttleton Key.
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2014
2. Site of The Confederate Hat Factory in Marshall, C.S.A. Marker (wide view)
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1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10147.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 32° 32.916′ N, 94° 22.096′ W. Marker is in Marshall, Texas, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of West Grand Avenue (U.S. 80) and North Wellington Street, on the right when traveling west on West Grand Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 West Grand Avenue, Marshall TX 75670, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Marshall Masonic Female Institute (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Houston's 1857 Campaign in Marshall (about 400 feet away); The Allen House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ginocchio-Cook-Pedison House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ginocchio Hotel and Restaurant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marshall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas & Pacific Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Telegraph Park (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marshall.
 
Also see . . .  Two Rebel Hats.
Several private hat makers operated in the East Texas, and provided locally made contract hats for the Confederacy. These included the Southern Hattery in Marshall, the C.S.A. Hat Factory in Gilmer and some smaller contractors in and around Harrison County. The C.S.A. Hat Factory advertised that it made hats for Southern
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Troops, while the Southern Hattery manufactured hats "...exclusively for Texas Confederates". (Submitted on December 2, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2. submitted on December 2, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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