The Archives War
By: Elizabeth McGarry
Conflict of the Archives War
"We will survive with my leadership and courage."
"I have bout one maxim.... Do right and risk the consequences."
Sam Houston's letter
Sam Houston ordering for the archives to move to Houston immediately.
About the War
In the spring of 1842, when a Mexican army led by General Rafael Vasquez entered Texas. San Antonio, Goliad, Refugio, and Victoria were attacked by Vasquez’s 700 soldiers. Soon Vasquez returned to Mexico. When many Texans heard that Mexican troops were invading, many Texans panicked Houston ordered government archives, to be withdrawn from the capital, of fearing a attack on Austin. They were firing at officials that were loading documents onto wagons, who was led by Angelia Eberly. The Archives War ended when the documents reached Austin. Mexico invaded Texas again on September 1842. General Adrian Woll captured San Antonio with the help of his 1,400 soldiers. Mexican troops retreated, but taking captives with them.