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Confederate Memorial Museum & Cemetery
Located on the site of a Confederate outpost established to guard the stage road that led into Boggy Depot, Atoka's Confederate Memorial Museum & Cemetery are local gems. The museum offers a unique glimpse into southeast Oklahoma's history starting with an exhibit of prehistoric bones. The museum showcases the rest of the area's history, from the Trail of Tears to the Butterfield Stage Line. Military history is highlighted with a Confederate cannon on display, as well as an assortment of other war memorabilia. Confederate arms and ammunition were stored at Boggy Depot, making it a prime target for Union troops.
The cemetery holds a precious piece of Oklahoma's war history, as well. It contains the remains of Confederate soldiers who died during a measles epidemic in 1862. These soldiers were forced to stop at the camp on their way from Fort Smith to Fort McColloch when the illness swept through the regiment. Crude sandstone markers still stand today where many of the soldiers were buried. In 1988, members of the Atoka County Historical Society researched at the National Archives to help identify several soldiers and new headstones were placed alongside the old. This site is the only designated Confederate cemetery in the entire state.