ner, whom he often opposed in debate, declared that Mr. Benjamin was the most eloquent speaker to whom he ever listened.
The stormy days of ‘61 came on, and he, with the other Southern Senators, withdrew from that body.
His farewell address occupied two days in its delivery, and was admitted by all to be the most eloquent and forcible effort on either side.
It was in the main a demonstration of the legality of States' rights.
When the provisional government was formed at Montgomery, President Davis selected Mr. Benjamin as his Attorney-General.
Upon the consummation of the Confederacy he was made Secretary of War, and later on, Secretary of State.
An idea of the versatility and erudition of this genius, may be formed from the fact that he filled these three Cabinet positions to the satisfaction of the President and with credit to himself.
Mr. Benjamin was commonly referred to as the brains of the Confederacy, and it was a universal custom of President Davis's to t