Houston, We Have a Problem

The Texas president took charge to end a bloody feud.

Between 1839 and 1844, two factions—the Regulators and the Moderators—fought for control of the local economy of far east Texas. It was a bloody affair, costing over 40 lives.

The Republic of Texas tried a variety of means to put a stop to the feud, all to no success. Finally, President Sam Houston took charge. He moved into the area and had leaders of the two sides taken into custody. Houston then mediated as the factions reached a peace treaty in August 1844, although there were some outbreaks for the next four years.

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