Judah Benjamin appoints a surgeonJudah P. Benjamin Military Appointment Signed "J. P. Benjamin" as Confederate Secretary of War. One page, 8.25" x 7.25", Richmond, February 17, 1862, informing Dr. E. A. O. Ware that "...the President has appointed [him] Asst Surgeon 23 Geo[rgia] Regt In the Provisional Army in the service of the Confederate States." Ware was captured at the Battle of Sharpsburg, September, 1862, and held and Fort McHenry, Maryland. He was involved in a prisoner exchange two months later and resigned his appointment in February, 1863. Unevenly toned; main horizontal fold is weakened and separating slightly. Scattered spotting. Some chipping along the edges.
Judah 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 Confederate attorney general in early 1861; later he served at different times as the Confederate secretary of war and secretary of state.
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