Arizona Daily Star

At the start of the Civil War, what's now Arizona had been part of the New Mexico Territory. Settlers wanted the federal government to split Arizona off, but it didn't happen.

When the war started, some residents of New Mexico and Arizona decide to side with the Confederacy.

Granville Oury of Tucson was elected a delegate from Arizona to the confederate congress and went to Richmond, Va., in that capacity to argue for Arizona's recognition.

That came on Feb. 14, 1862, when President Jefferson Davis admitted Arizona into the Confederate States of America.

Arizona didn't become a territory of the United States until the next February, the 24th to be exact.

Flash forward 50 years after the Confederacy established Arizona and on another Feb. 14 - Feb. 14, 1912 - Arizona became a full-fledged state.