The Archives War

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Mexican Leaders Are Salty

Lamar more like Lame-ar was not the best president if you didn't already know. He ruined everything that Houston had started. As you can tell the Mexican Leaders are a tad bit salty about the actions of the Lamar Administration. The Leaders decided to retaliate because of this. Last Month, the Mexican Force under Rafael Vasquez entered our Nation. Vasquez's crew attacked 4 cities in Texas, San Antonio, Goliad, Refugio, and Victoria. Soon Vasquez returned to Mexico. Houston did not know this, so on March 10th he ordered our Secretary of War [ George Hockley ] to move the Archives back to Houston. To justify, Houston cited part of our Constitution, it said "The president and heads of departments shall keep their offices at the seat of government, unless removed by the permission of Congress, or unless, in case of emergency in time of war, the public interest may require their removal." Colonel Henry Jones assembled some citizens to talk about Houston's order. Public opinion like mine, said that Austin was safe, and Houston's departure had created a lack of confidence in the city. Then a couple days later, the committee of vigilance decided that removing the Archives was against the law. They formed a patrol at Bastrop to search every wagon and seize any government records. Houston's private secretary W.D. Miller wrote to Houston saying residents of Austin "would much rather take their rifles to prevent a removal [of the archives] than to fight Mexicans." Finally, Congress took no action to move the Capital.


A couple days before my 30th birthday on September 12th, another Mexican General named Adrian Woll came and captured San Antonio. Luckily I live in Houston, which is somewhat far away. Houston called our Congress together, he demanded that Congress supported the removal of the Archives, over the objections of seditious citizens of Austin. A couple months later Senate Greer proposed a bill to provide for the safety of the Archives. That bill was declined. Not discourged, Greer issued another bill to move the general land office. A couple days later, Houston privately tasked Colonel Thomas Smith and Captain Chandler to move the Archives to Washington-on-the-Brazos. Smith and Chandler decided to raise a small troop on the idea of a trip to the Native Tribe, then quickly take the Archives and move them. Smith led over 20 men and 3 wagons into Austin 2 weeks later. The men were nearly done loading the wagons, when they were noticed by Angelina Eberly. She ran to Congress Avenue, where a 6-pound howitzer was situated. She turned the howitzer toward the General Land Office, and fired it. Although some shot hit the General Land Office, there was no real damage. Smith and his men left quickly, headed northeast to avoid the men patrolling the road through Bastrop. Their progress was slow. The group managed to travel 18 mi before stopping at Kinney's Fort. In Austin, Captain Mark Lewis gathered a group of men to retrieve the archives. Some of the pursuers had no horses, and some had little to no weaponry. Lewis's men reached Smith's camp. Undetected, as Smith had neglected to post guards. A couple days later, the records were returned to Austin. It is uncertain as to whether Smith's men took them back or if the Austin group took custody of the records and transported them.