Nevada is not part of the South, but it has a close connection with its history. Many of Nevada’s early settlers had come from southern states, and preserved their loyalties. When war broke out, there was a lot of conflict between them and Nevada residents who supported the North. Confederate flags had to be prohibited, and the territory’s governor, James Nye, spoke up, forbidding people to voice opinions against the Union. Additionally, since all U.S. Army troops stationed in Nevada were transferred away to the war, the territory was left vulnerable to Indian attacks and heightened crime. A volunteer regiment was recruited to protect the roads, which had become increasingly vital, since all routes to the south were held by the Confederacy.
Virginia City, Nevada in 1861
Information from http://www.nevada-history.org/civil_war.html
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