Texas Day by Day
On this day in Texas history…
Governor Edmund Davis imposes martial law in Walker County
February 20th, 1871
On this day in 1871, martial law was declared in Walker County. Lawlessness was widespread during Reconstruction, and Republican efforts often seemed to exacerbate the problem. The so-called Walker County Rebellion, which led to the declaration of martial law, followed the murder of a freedman and the attempted trial of four white suspects.