This Day in Jewish History Judah Benjamin Named Confederate Secretary of War

Judah P. Benjamin was a prominent lawyer, senator and slave owner in Civil War-era America. When the South seceded, he was tapped as Confederate secretary of war and was confirmed on this day in 1861.

On November 21, 1861, Judah P. Benjamin was confirmed as secretary of war of the Confederate States of America, one of several key cabinet positions that this remarkable Jewish American held in the South during the U.S. Civil War.