Today in Texas History – June 11

From the Annals of Banditry –   In 1865, during the chaos following the defeat of the Confederacy, bandits broke into the office of the Texas State Treasury in Austin.  The thieves apparently targeted over $300,000 in specie and U.S. Coupons.  At the time, Austin had no police force and the thieves believed that escape would be easy.  However, Austin citizens rallied to find the bandits.  Among those involved in the hunt were volunteers from Gen. Joseph Shelby’s band of Missouri raiders who were encamped near Austin while escaping to Mexico – possibly to avoid prosecution as war criminals.  The thieves fled to Mt. Bonnell.  Several were wounded in the ensuing fight but only one was captured.

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