Judah P. Benjamin was Beaufort’s second most important and influential Confederate figure with ties to Beaufort. Benjamin, a Jewish Confederate has risen through the ranks of southern political society to a seat on Jefferson Davis’ cabinet. A brilliant lawyer and politician he became the Confederacy’s Secretary of War.
Born in the British West Indies, he was reared in Charleston but his mother and sister ran and owned a shop here in Downtown Beaufort up until the eve of the civil war. But Louisiana was the place Benjamin called home.
Source: Shotgun’s Home of the American Civil War <http://www.civilwarhome.com/benjaminbio.html>
Photo credits: Benjamin is pictured on the far left of the above photo.
Photo credit: Harper’s Weekly – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3c32563
Photo credit: The cabinet of the Confederate States at Montgomery / from photographs by Whitehurst, of Washington, and Hinton, of Montgomery, Alabama. Group portrait of the Confederate cabinet including President Jefferson Davis, Vice President Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Attorney General Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of the Navy Stephen M. Mallory, Secretary of the Treasury C. G. Memminger, Secretary of War Leroy Pope Walker, Postmaster John H. Reagan, and Secretary of State Robert Toombs, seated and standing around table.
Created: Illus. in: Harper’s weekly, v. 5, no. 231 (1861 June 1), p. 340.