"To the Austins: May their bones burn in Hell," John H. Wharton cried, igniting a firestorm of emotions that would lead to a tense confrontation between the Wharton and Austin families. The details of what happened next are unclear,  but we know the ending. Those be fightin' words, and a slap across the face with a glove. (We like to imagine; tragically, we don't know how the duel was arranged.)

In the second episode of Re-Collections of the Revolution, "10 Steps to War," we dive into the simmering tensions of the early 1830s, exploring the complex dynamics between two of the most prominent families in Texas: the Austins and the Whartons. Their bitter rivalry and deep-seated animosity mirrored the growing divide between those who advocated for peace and those who cried war. Join us on this gripping journey as we count down the steps to war.

Learn More: 

Epidemic Cholera in Texas, 1833-1834, J. Villasana Haggard

The Disturbances at Anahuac in 1832, Edna Rowe

Book: Stephen F. Austin: Empresario of Texas, Gregg Cantrell

Book: Juan Davis Bradburn: A Reappraisal of the Mexican Commander of Anahuac, Margaret Swett Henson