Confederate Memorial Museum & Cemetery, Information & Rest Area
1 mile north of Atoka at 258 N. Hwy 69
Site Manager: Gwen Walker
Museum Director: Cindy Wallis
|Mon - Fri||9am to 4pm|
Confederate Memorial Museum & Cemetery
The cemetery was first established by travelers on the Butterfield Stage road who camped at a spring just north of the Middle Boggy River (today known as Muddy Boggy). During the Civil War, Confederate forces kept an outpost camp at the spring to guard the route to Boggy Depot which lay some 15 miles to the southwest. In the winter of 1862, Colonel C.L. Dawson's 19th Arkansas Infantry was assigned to help build earthen works at Fort McCullouch. Enroute from Ft. Smith, AR to Fort McCullouch, measles swept through the regiment and some of the men were forced to camp at Middle Boggy. Those who died were buried in the small cemetery on the north side of the Middle Boggy River. Crude sandstone markers inscribed with the soldier's name, date of death and the letters C.S.A. were placed on the graves. When the cemetery was dedicated in 1959 by Oklahoma historian Muriel Wright, it was believed that the soldiers buried in the cemetery died in a skirmish known as the Battle of Middle Boggy, February 13, 1864. Through continued research at the National Archives in 1988, Site Manager Gwen Walker positively identified several of the soldiers and discovered the measles epidemic.
The museum covers the history of the Civil War in Oklahoma as well as the history of Atoka County. From a complete baby dinosaur skeleton, the 1830s Choctaw removal, a shootout between local lawmen and Clyde Barrow, to homegrown talents 1987 World Champion Bullrider Lane Frost whose life was portrayed in the movie "8 Seconds," and international entertainer Reba McEntire, the museum is a unique and welcome stop on State Highway 69.