Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Execution in Washington DC
This photograph was taken in November of 1865. The execution was done near the US capitol building in Washington DC. The photograph shows a solder on the gallows who has just sprung the trap door. Executed was Confederate Captain Henry Wirz. Wirz was one of only two confederate soldiers executed for war crimes after the Civil War. Wirz was the infamous Jailer of Andersonville. Andersonville was a prisoner of war camp where many Union prisoners were starved to death. The first Union prisoners were imprisoned at Andersonville on this day, February 27 in the year 1864.