Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Judah P. Benjamin Monument
Erected 1942 by United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 27° 20.519′ N, 82° 32.817′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and 10th St. on N. Tamiami Trail. Touch for map. The marker is located at a pull off near the Sarasota County Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Judah Philip Benjamin (here, next to this marker); Yellow Bluffs (approx. 0.4 miles away); John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars (approx. 0.4 miles away); City of Sarasota (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bidwell-Wood House (approx. half Mary Wyatt Whitaker (approx. half a mile away); Cedar Point/Sunset Park - Cedar Point/Golden Gate Point (approx. half a mile away); Landing of the Scots (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
More about this marker. In the early 1940s, the United Daughters of the Confederacy led an effort to erect a marker in Sarasota to commemorate Benjamin's escape. On January 22, 1942, the new marker was unveiled with great pomp and circumstance, including a parade, patriotic music, a luncheon at the John Ringling Hotel, and a program at the Municipal Auditorium. Florida Governor Spessard L. Holland, Congressman J. Hardin Peterson, and Sarasota Mayor E.A. Smith delivered remarks.
Regarding Judah P. Benjamin Monument. Judah P. Benjamin, a former U.S. Senator from Louisiana, served as the Confederate Attorney General, Secretary of War, and Secretary of State. When Richmond fell in April 1865, he fled to the Deep South with President Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Cabinet. Benjamin left Davis in Georgia and headed to Florida, where he intended to slip out of the country. Fearing arrest for treason, Benjamin disguised himself as a farmer looking to purchase land in Florida. Confederate sympathizers assisted Benjamin as he made his way through the state. One stay included the Gamble Mansion in Ellenton. Finally, Benjamin arranged for Capt. Frederick Tresca to take him to the Bahamas aboard a sixteen-foot sloop. Tresca hid the small boat in Whitaker Bayou in Sarasota. Meanwhile, the former Confederate Secretary of State was smuggled to farmer William H. Whitaker's home in a wagon filled with fresh beef. On June
Also see . . . "Sarasota's Hidden Connections to the Civil War". (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.)
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