Henry Wirz

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Henry Wirz was a Swiss immigrant and medical doctor, infamous as the commander of Andersonville prison in Georgia during the American Civil War. - AsNotedIn


Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1862/08/00 Captain Henry Wirz replaces Norris Montgomery as commandant of Belle Isle Prison in Richmond. Enclosed by a 3' high earthworks, Belle Isle's 6-acre compound holds roughly 300 Sibley tents (conical, pole tents), that sleep about 10 men each. Commandant Belle Isle Richmond
1864/04/00 Henry Wirz is appointed commandant of Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville, Georgia. Commandant Andersonville National Historic Site Andersonville, GA Andersonville Trial
1865/05/07 Henry Wirz is placed in the Old Capitol Prison at Washington, DC. Accused Andersonville Trial
1865/08/21 Henry Wirz appears before the military commission headed by Major General Lew Wallace. Accused Andersonville Trial
1865/11/06 After more than 150 witnesses, including a man from his own prison staff, testify to Wirz's harsh treatment and punishment of Prisoners for minor violations. Henry Wirz is found guilty of War Crimes against Union troops imprisoned at Andersonville. Accused United States Capitol Washington, DC Andersonville Trial
1865/11/10 Guarded by 120 soldiers, a crowd of 200 spectators watch as Henry Wirz is hanged at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington DC, now the site of the US Supreme Court building. Wirz was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC. Died United States Supreme Court Building Washington, DC Andersonville Trial
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