Texas Hat Stars

Civil War soldiers wore lone star pins on their uniforms

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The five-pointed star is an emblem used by Texans going back to the Texas Revolution.

Among Texas troops in the Civil War, uniforms and equipment varied from regiment to regiment, but many Texas soldiers proudly wore the Lone Star insignia on their hats and clothing. Some stars were carefully crafted and engraved by jewelers. Others were simply cut from a sheet of brass or molded from a lead bullet. Regardless of the source or material, Texans wore the stars with pride.

This object is on display in the Collectors' Gallery, an exhibition space devoted to showcasing the collections of significant private collectors in Texas and their efforts to preserve historical artifacts.

See this and other artifacts on the Interactive Texas Map

Texas Hat Stars Artifact from Houston
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