The word “secession” is usually associated with the Civil War and the attempt by southern states to secede from the Union. But in 1867, New Mexico experienced a small secession movement of its own, one having nothing to do with the great war.
This episode was led by the people of Silver City and Grant County who finally got fed up with crooked Santa Fe politics. In the centennial year of the American nation they voted to break away from New Mexico and join the neighboring Territory of Arizona. It was a bold move taken in desperation.