In the midst of the American Civil War, the Arizona Territory was officially recognized in hopes of ending their support of the Confederacy today in 1863. Now WE know em

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Arizona was recognized as a Confederate Territory by the presidential proclamation of Jefferson Davis on February 14, 1862.

This was the first official use of the name Arizona.

Arizona supported the Confederate cause in the American Civil War with men, horses, and supplies.

Arizona was the farthest recorded Western engagement of the Civil War with the Battle of Picacho Pass.

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Then the territory was officially organized, consisting of the western half of New Mexico Territory, and declared Arizona Territory in Washington, D.C., on February 24, 1863.

These new boundaries would later form the basis of the 48th state of Arizona.

Although names, including “Gadsonia”, “Pimeria”, “Montezuma” and “Arizuma” had been considered for the territory, when President Lincoln signed the final bill, it read “Arizona”, and the name became permanent.

Now WE know em

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