Benjamin Mordecai | History of SC Slide Collection

Benjamin Mordecai, a Jewish merchant in Charleston, made the first and largest contribution to the war-chest of South Carolina, and was thanked by the Secession Convention (still in session) for his patriotism. Investing all he had in the Confederate cause, and spending much of his fortune in support of widows and children of soldiers, he was left penniless at the end of the war. Engraving, February 23, 1861, "Leslie's Illustrated Weekly."

Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.

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