On this day in 1864, the United States Congress admits “Battle Born” Nevada as the 36th state in the Union.
Notice the timing toward the end of the Civil War: statehood was indeed ‘battle born.’ Additionally, “Battle Born” is one of the state’s mottos, and it appears on the state flag.
By strategically appointing territorial officials, President Abraham Lincoln had put in place the support he needed for reelection. This also helped secure votes for his proposed 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in the United States.
“All for Our Country,” indeed.
Here is the Preamble of the Constitution of the State of Nevada:
We the people of the State of Nevada Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom in order to secure its blessings, insure domestic tranquility, and form a more perfect Government, do establish this Constitution.