February 24, 1863: Creation of Union Arizona

The creation of an Arizona territory had been derailed prior to the Civil War out of Northern fears that this new territory would become a slave state.  That these fears were not unjustified was demonstrated during the Civil War when some Arizona settlers established the Confederate territory of Arizona.  Go here to read about the creation of this territory.  By 1863 the fortunes of war had swept the Confederate territorial government of Arizona out of the territory and into El Paso. 

With no fears now of a new slave state being created in Arizona, an Arizona Organic Act creating the Union territory of Arizona made its way through Congress.  It was signed into law by President Lincoln on February 24, 1863.  The law established the boundaries of the new territory, set up a  territorial government and abolished slavery in Arizona.

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  1. Marshall is knowledgeable and hilarious. I got to meet him in 2006.

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