Confederate States Two-Dollar Note
Printed Date "February 17th, 1864."
Regarded as one of the most talented officials in President Davis's
cabinet, Judah Benjamin
served the Confederacy in several positions, first as attorney
general, later as secretary
of war, and finally as secretary of state. Benjamin's struggles to
administer his various
offices during the war were complicated by his personal friendship
with Davis, a
friendship that led many to accuse the president of favoritism.
Benjamin's duties was his own heritage. A Jew, Benjamin found himself
often battling not
only the United States government in his official capacities, but
anti-Semitism within his
own government. In spite of such bigotry, the widespread use of
Benjamin's image on
Confederate currencies recognized his contributions and underscored
his importance to
the southern cause.