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    Judah P Benjamin Military Appointment Signed as C.S.A. Secretary of War

    Judah P. Benjamin Military Appointment Signed "J. P. Benjamin." One partially printed page, 8.25" x 10.5" (sight), Richmond, December 31, 1861, appointing James H. Holman "...Lieut Colonel 1st Tenn Regt PA In the Provisional Army in the service of the Confederate States." Soiling at the upper left corner; light water staining at the edges and along the folds resulting is some loss of text and paper. Matted with a photograph purported to be Benjamin to an overall size of 24.5" x 19".

    James H. Holman (1836-1910) served throughout the war in the 1st Tennessee and with the Confederate Inspector General Department. He was wounded at Winchester, Tennessee, in 1863 and served a year as a prisoner of war at Johnson's Island, Ohio. He was exchanged in January 1865 and surrendered at Houston, Texas, on July 18, 1865.

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    Judah P. Benjamin (1811-1884) 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 after David Levy Yulee). He was appointed Confederate attorney general in early 1861; later he served at as the Confederate secretary of war and secretary of state. After the war, he relocated to England where he practiced law and sat on the Queen's Counsel.

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