The Austin Times

ARCHIVES WAR

PRESIDENT HOUSTON ORDERING ARCHIVES BE OPPOSED

BREAKING NEWS yesterday Texans were panicking when they heard that Mexican troops were invading Texas. Fearing attack on Austin, President Houston ordered the government archives, or records, be opposed. Moving the capital back to Houston.

HERO OF AUSTIN

WHAT IS THE ARCHIVES WAR? WHO IS ANGELINA EBERLY?

This short conflict called the Archives War is a dispute over an attempted move of the Republic of Texas national archives from Austin to Houston, and more broadly over then President Houston's effort to make Houston the capital of Texas.

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.