The Archives War

Conflict of Archives war

This short conflict, called the Archives War, ended with the documents back in Austin.

Mexican leaders, upset by the actions of the Lamar adminstration, began Launching raids onto Texas. In the spring of 1842, a Mexican force under General Rafael Vasquez entered TX. Vasquez's 700 soldiers attacked San Antonio, Goliad , Refugio, and Victoria. However, Vasquez soon returned to Mexico. Many Texans panicked when they heard that Mexican troops were invading. Fearing an attack on Austin, president Houston ordered that the government archives, or records, be withdrawn from the capital, Austins residents opposed this move, suspecting it meant the the capital would be moved back to the city of Houston. Led by Angelina Eberly, they fired at officials who were loading documents onto wagons.


In September 1842 Mexico invaded Texas again. General Adrian Woll and 1,400 soldiers captured San Antonio, Texan Samuel Maverick described the morning invasion.

"We were aroused... by the firing of a ... cannon... succeeded immediately by the... tramp of a body of them. A dense fog obscured them from actual observation until they had advanced into the public square... when the fog sisappeared discovering to us that we were surrounded on all sides by the bodies of regular troops