Saturday, November 10, 2007

Andsersonville Jailer

Today we show a photograph of the death warrant being read to Major Henry Wirz. Major Wirz was the jailer at the Andersonville prison camp in Georgia in the Civil War. This photograph was taken several moments before his execution. Major Wirz was the only soldier executed for war crimes in the Civil War. His crime was inhumane treatment of Union Prisoners in the camp.

Major Wirz was executed on this day in the year 1865.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating!

    I was thinking of you this evening - I flipped past Antiques Roadshow and someone had a big stack of pictures taken by a field photograper documenting the Civil war. One even had Lincoln in it - very neat.