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.
was commonly referred to as ‘the brains of the Confederacy
,’ and it was a universal custom of President Davis
's to turn over to him every matter that belonged to no particular department.
So numerous were his duties; and so great his capacity for work, that it was not unusual for him to remain steadily at his desk from 8 A. M. one day, until 1 or 2 o'clock the
In August, 1862, owing to overwork and some friction with others, he resigned, but not long afterwards President Davis
insisted on his returning to the Cabinet
As much of the business of the Confederate Congress was transacted in secret, no great deal is known of its workings, but it is claimed by those acquainted with its inner affairs, that the greater portion of its important legislation was framed by Mr. Benjamin