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Benjamin, Judah Philip (1811-1884) to Jefferson Davis

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00495 Author/Creator: Benjamin, Judah Philip (1811-1884) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 February 1862 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Writing to the Confederate President, Confederate Secretary of War Benjamin notes that there is much molasses available in Louisiana and suggests that molasses would be welcomed by the troops to improve their deficient coffee.

Background Information:

People: Benjamin, Judah Philip, 1811-1884
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: JudaismCivil WarMilitary HistoryMilitary CampConfederate States of AmericaMilitary ProvisionsConfederate General or LeaderDiet and nutrition

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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