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Henry Wirz, Commander of Andersonville Confederate Prison: Trial and Execution

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Henry Wirz, Commander of Andersonville Confederate Prison: Trial and Execution by United States Army Staff Judge Advocate provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the trial and execution of Henry Wirz, who was the commander of the infamous Andersonville Confederate Prison during the American Civil War. The book sheds light on the atrocities committed at the prison, where thousands of Union soldiers suffered from starvation, disease, and brutal treatment.

The author meticulously examines the evidence presented during Wirz's trial, highlighting the testimonies of witnesses and the legal proceedings that ultimately led to his conviction and execution. The book also delves into the political and social climate of the time, providing context for Wirz's actions and the controversial decisions made by the military tribunal.

Overall, this book is a valuable resource for those interested in the history of the American Civil War and the ethical dilemmas faced by military leaders during times of conflict. It serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding human rights and the consequences of failing to do so.

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Henry Wirz (November 25, 1823 – November 10, 1865) was the only Confederate soldier tried after the end of the American Civi War. He was tried, convicted, and executed, not for being a Confederate soldier, but for conspiracy and murder relating to his command of Camp Sumter, the infamous Confederate prisoner-of-war prison at Andersonville, Georgia. Wirz encouraged and commanded barbaric and murderous policies and actions in the prison. This Librivox recording is excerpts from the 850 page summary of the trial written by the Army Judge Advocate (prosecutor) for, and at the command of, The Congressional House Of Representatives, 40th Congress, Second Session, Ex, Doc. No 23. This recording omits the 614 pages of testimony by very numberous witnesses, both Federal and Confederate. What is recorded conveys the substance of the witnesses’ testimony. For a prisoner’s view of life in the prison camp see Librivox recording Andersonville Diary, Escape And List Of The Dead by John L. RANSOM.

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