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Judah P. Benjamin Monument

 
 
Judah P. Benjamin Monument image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr., April 9, 2013
1. Judah P. Benjamin Monument
The monument is made of pink Georgia marble.
Inscription.  Near this spot on June 23, 1865 Judah P. Benjamin Secretary of State for the Confederacy set sail for a foreign land
 
Erected 1942 by United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy series list.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 27° 20.672′ N, 82° 32.833′ W. Marker was in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker was at the intersection of North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and 10th Street on North Tamiami Trail. The marker is located at a pull off near the Sarasota County Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker was 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 location. Yellow Bluffs (approx. ¼ mile away); A Resting Place of Pioneer Families and Hidden Histories (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rosemary Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bidwell-Wood House
Bronze sundial atop the monument image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr., April 9, 2013
2. Bronze sundial atop the monument
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Whitaker Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mary Wyatt Whitaker (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crocker Memorial Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Rosemary Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
 
More about this monument. 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
View of Yellow Bluffs and Sarasota Bay near monument image. Click for full size.
By Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr., April 9, 2013
3. View of Yellow Bluffs and Sarasota Bay near monument
Benjamin escaped by way of these waters in June 1865.
H. Whitaker's home in a wagon filled with fresh beef. On June 23, 1865, Benjamin finally set sail with Tresca and reached Bimini on July 10. Benjamin eventually traveled to England, where he rose to prominence as a barrister.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Sarasota's Hidden Connections to the Civil War". (Submitted on May 19, 2013, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.)
2. Monument has been removed to storage. (Submitted on July 6, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Judah P. Benjamin image. Click for full size.
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4. Judah P. Benjamin
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2013, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,210 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on February 6, 2021, by Norman Carey of Dade City, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 19, 2013, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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