The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 59
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Reminiscences of Reconstruction in Texas.
That same morning General Steele, who had succeeded General
McCulloch as adjutant general, went to the mayor and stated that
he would send a squad of the Travis Rifles to take charge of the
arsenal about which the mayor had spoken to Governor Coke the
day before, and that the governor requested the mayor to go with
the Rifles and to use all necessary means to prevent bloodshed.
The Travis Rifles were commanded by Lieutenant Albert Roberts,
who had done gallant service as a boy in the Civil War, and who
now holds a very important position under the United States Gov-
ernment. 'They proceeded at once to the arsenal on West Avenue.
It was a long, low stone building running lengthwise with the
street, and had very large doors and windows. There was a low
picket fence between the building and the street. Lieutenant Rob-
erts halted his men just outside the fence within a few steps of the
building and faced them towards it. Just as he did this, there was
a clash of arms in the building and guns were immediately seen
pointing out of the doors and windows towards the company.
The Rifles at once brought their guns to their shoulders pointing in
the direction of the doors and windows. The mayor, who, was near
the head of the column, sprang forward, threw up his hands, called
out "Don't fire," and asked Lieutenant Roberts to march his men
away quickly and take them out of sight. The Rifles were rapidly
marched away in the direction of town, leaving the mayor alone
in front of the arsenal.
Mr. Hamp Cox, who was in command of the arsenal, met the
mayor at the fence. The mayor demanded the surrender of the
arsenal, when Cox informed him that he had been put there by
Gov. Davis and could not surrender it. In the meantime, Lieuten-
ant Roberts had returned to the mayor, and both insisted on the
surrender of the arsenal, informing Cox that they could take it by
force, but did not wish any bloodshed. They proposed to. him that
if he would surrender, they would take the arms and ammunition
and place them where neither party could use them, and would
give him a receipt in the name of the Coke government for them.
To this proposition Cox agreed, and the mayor began to, write
the receipt in a pocket memorandum, when a wild yell was heard
and Captain Hill, a white man, leading twenty or thirty negroes,
came running from the direction of the Capitol. Lieutenant Rob-
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