Although Nevada raised only 1,200 soldiers for the Union cause, its primary support to the Federal government during the Civil War was $400,000,000 in silver. During the course of the Civil War, Nevada suffered a total of 33 in killed: 29 died as a result of disease; 2 mortally wounded (from Co. D, First Cavalry. Both killed while fighting Indians at Battle of Table Mountain, Humboldt, Nevada); 1 died from an accident, and; 1 died from "causes other than battle."
Nevada had scarcely 7,000 Americans according to the 1860 U.S. census, but when it received statehood in 1864, as a free state, it was one of two states born during the American Civil War (1861--1865) -- the other being West Virginia (1863). Far removed from the major theaters of Civil War, Nevada, known as the "Silver State," was a territory created from the Mexican Cession. Nevada's lineage is aligned with the outcome of the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) -- which traces its lineage to the Battle of the Alamo (1836). Although the State is now principally known for Las Vegas and brothels, Nevada was once haven for prospectors and well-known prosperous silver and gold mines. The state had little interest in the Civil War, and its inhabitants were predominately a blend of strong-willed Americans from both the Northern and Southern states.
Nevada became the 36th state by entering the Union as a “free state” on October 31, 1864, after telegraphing the Constitution of Nevada to the Congress days before the November 8, 1864, presidential election (the largest and costliest transmission ever by telegraph). Statehood was rushed to help ensure three electoral votes for Abraham Lincoln's reelection and add to the Republican congressional majorities. Nevada is officially known as the "Silver State" due to the importance of silver to its history and economy. It is also known as the "Battle Born State" because it achieved statehood during the American Civil War (1861--1865) and the "Sagebrush State" for the native eponymous plant.
Mining and industry in Nevada and the American West continued at a fast pace after 1865. Scores of veterans from both Union and Confederate sides took part in the mass westward migration. Since land often proved insufficient for farming, many turned to prospecting. The state's southern border expanded in 1867 thanks to large gold deposits discovered there. Over the next several decades, the fluctuating gold and silver discoveries created a boom and bust industry. After tensions between indigenous people and settlers erupted once again, the U.S. military fought with the Bannock, Shoshone, and Paiute Indians in the Snake War, 1864-1868. The conflict claimed nearly 2,000 lives and it became representative of the following twenty years of war and unrest on the frontier.