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Chapter History

Why we chose our name...

 

Battle Born Chapter was organized on July 5, 2004, in Carson City as the tenth DAR chapter in Nevada.

The Nevada state flag features the phrase Battle Born. The flag has a cobalt blue background. In the upper left quarter is a five-pointed silver star between two sprays of sagebrush crossed to form a half wreath. Across the top of wreath is a golden scroll with the words "Battle Born." The name "Nevada" is below the star and above the sprays in golden letters. The flag design was modified June 8, 1991. The original flag design, approved on March 21, 1929, had the letters of Nevada encircling the silver star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a popular myth that Nevada is called the Battle Born State because the territory joined the United States to “save the Union” by bringing its vast silver and gold resources, and to prevent the state from joining the Confederacy. The true reasons are more akin to those of the early colonists in America who declared their independence and embarked upon the American Revolution.

The reasons for Nevada’s statehood were political, not economic, and the battle was about preserving the Union rather than the ongoing physical battle that was raging between the Union and the Confederacy dividing the country.

Nevada was a federal territory and a part of the Union, and President Abraham Lincoln appointed as governor James W. Nye, a former New York City police Commissioner, to ensure Nevada remained a part of the Union. Governor Nye put down any demonstration in support of the Confederacy, and the federal government bought much of Nevada’s silver and gold to support its currency and mint coins. Therefore Nevada’s creation as a territory on March 2, 1861, by the U.S. Congress ensured that its riches would help the Union and not the Confederate cause.

By the time Congress approved an enabling Act for Nevada on March 21, 1864, the Civil War was winding down. The Union had won decisive victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. President Lincoln was seeking re-election and facing a three-way race against General John C. Fremont and General George B. McClellan, both of whom he had relieved of their commands earlier in the war.

The Constitutional Convention met in Carson City on July 4, 1864, just one year after the terrible battle at Gettysburg. The Union needed another state, another supporter of President Lincoln, to prove to the Confederacy that the Union was strong. Patriotism was running high in the area and those assembled for the Convention felt very loyal to the Union and quite willing to do what they could to support it.

In addition, new states and their popular and electoral vote were needed to reelect Lincoln in support of his moderate reconstruction policies for the South. Most important, if Nevada were a state, it could ratify the proposed 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and help in the passage of the landmark humanitarian legislation. Fremont and his supporters wanted to harshly punish the South, conducting war crime trials and executing convicted Confederate political and military leaders. McClellan and his supporters wanted to readmit the Confederate states back into the Union with virtually no conditions.

By vote of the Congress, Nevada was officially admitted as a state on October 31, 1864 - becoming the 36th state in our union.  Nevada was actually the second Battle Born state because of its entrance into the Union during the the Civil War. Battle Born West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.