18 March 2013

The Civil War - 18 March 1862

Today the Confederacy reorganized. Confederate President Jefferson
  • Davis moves Judah Philip Benjamin from the War Department to Secretary of State. Many Southerners blamed Benjamin for the war progress. He was born in 1811 in the West Indies to observant Jewish parents. This was another cause of concern from many Southerners. Benjamin was raised however in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Yale Law School at age 14. Upon graduation, he practiced law in New Orleans. He was a member of the Louisanna House of Representatives. After the South fell, he moved to England and began a second legal career. He retired in 1883, when he and his wife and child moved to Paris.
  • Benjamin replaced R. M. T. Hunter, who left for the Senate.
  • George W. Randolph of Virginia is appointed Secretary of War.
  • Gen. Thomas Bragg was replaced by Thomas Watts.

Sources:
Civil War Interactive & Blue Gray Daily http://www.civilwarinteractive.com
Jewish Virtual Library. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Benjamin.html 

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