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16 Mar 1861 - A convention met in Mesilla and declared that the territory formed the previous year was part of the Confederacy. An ordinance was written declaring Arizona had seceded from the United States. 28 Mar 1861 - Another convention held in Tucson ratified the Mesilla secession ordinance. Some government organization was made, including a delegate to the Confederate Congress. 1 Aug 1861 - Confederate General John Robert Baylor, fresh from his victory at the Battle of Mesilla, made a proclamation declaring Arizona to be a Confederate Territory and appointed a government. A judicial district was formed for land around Mesilla and another one for land around Tucson.


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