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    Judah P. Benjamin Autograph Note Signed. One page, 7.5" x 3.25" (sight), War Department; November 20, 1861. A pass certifying that a woman named Fanny was permitted to travel to Washington. It reads in full: "The bearer Fanny Price a colored woman, is authorized to pass back to Washington where she resides to join her child." Signed, "J. P. Benjamin / Sec of War." Framed, with a print of various cabinet members of the Confederacy, to an overall size of 9.5" x 12.25". Not examined outside of the frame.

    Judah P. Benjamin of Louisiana resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate when the Civil War began (he was only the second Jewish senator in U.S. history). He was appointed the attorney general for the Confederacy in early 1861; later, he served as the Confederate Secretary of War and Secretary of State. Benjamin was somewhat vilified for his role as Secretary of War because many believed he was incompetent at his job and would not send supplies where they needed to be. After the war, it was revealed that he and Jefferson Davis arranged to make himself the scapegoat rather than expose the true shortage of arms and supplies in the Confederacy (which would have thrown the Southern public into a panic). After Richmond's fall, Benjamin became a wanted man and found refuge in England.

    Condition: 1" closed tear at top edge. Lightly soiled and toned. Frame is gently rubbed in places.

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