Judah Benjamin was a lawyer and wealthy planter from Louisiana who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1852 and resigned in 1861. He was appointed by Jefferson Davis as Attorney General of the C.S.A., then C.S.A. Secretary of War, and finally as C.S.A. Secretary of State. He tried to gain recognition for the Confederacy from France and the U.K. but was unsuccessful. Towards the end of the war, he advocated freeing and arming slaves. When the Confederate capital fell in 1865, he fled to Great Britain and became a barrister.
The Confederate States of America was an unrecognized country, originally formed by seven secessionist slave-holding states whose economy was dependent on cotton and the plantation system. The government of the United States rejected the claims of secession and considered the Confederacy illegally founded. No foreign government officially recognized the Confederacy as an independent country, although Great Britain and France granted it belligerent status allowing Confederate agents to purchase goods and armaments.
This Judah Benjamin mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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