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The Archives War

Archives Conflict

This just in, a short conflict, the Archives War, ended with the documents back in Austin. Here's how it got started:

Mexican leaders, upset by the actions of the Lamar administration, began launching raids into Texas. In the Spring of 1842, a Mexican force under General Rafael Vasquez entered Texas. Vasquez's 900 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 Fearing an attack on Austin, president Houston ordered that government archives or records, be withdrawn from the capital. Austin residents opposed this move, suspecting it meant the capital would be move back to the city of Houston. Led by Angelina Eberly, they fired at officials who were loading documents into wagons.


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

" We were the firing of a... cannon...a body of men. A dense fog obscured them from actual observation until they had advanced into the public square...when the fog disappeared discovering to us that we were surrounded on all sides by the bodies of regular [Mexican] troops."

Hundreds of Texas militia and Texas Rangers made their way to San Antonio. They attacked Woll's force at Salado Creek, several miles from San Antonio. The Mexican troops retreated, taking captives with them.