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Judah Benjamin: Confederate Jewish Statesman

Jefferson Davis appoints one of the war’s most enigmatic figures, Judah Benjamin, to the position of Confederate Secretary of War.

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War Comes to Virginia, Death of Stephen Douglas

As Confederate President Jefferson Davis moved from Montgomery to Richmond, a number of small-scale military operations occurred in the Old Dominion.  Former presidential candidate and prominent senator Stephen Douglas dies in Chicago.

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Jefferson Davis: Confederate President

On February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as provisional president of the Confederate States of America.  A native of Kentucky and graduate of West Point, Davis had served in the Mexican War and had served in both the U.S. … Full Post

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