The Austin Times
PRESIDENT HOUSTON ORDERING ARCHIVES BE OPPOSED
HERO OF AUSTIN
WHAT IS THE ARCHIVES WAR? WHO IS ANGELINA EBERLY?
In December 1842, Houston ordered the secret removal of the archives of the Republic to safekeeping in Washington-on-the-brazos. Mrs. Eberly, realizing that the symbols of national government were being removed from the city, fired a six-pound cannon into the General Land Office Building, arousing the town to what they considered theft. The ensuing conflict became known as the Archive War, which was won by the Austinites, preserving Austin as capital of Texas and keeper of the archives.