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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 07, 1865

Wirz Arrested at Andersonville

Interior Prison Commandant Henry Wirz was arrested at Andersonville on charges of murdering Union prisoners of war. Wirz claimed that he was exempt from prosecution under the surrender terms signed by Generals William T. Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston. Union authorities disagreed however; Wirz would be held in prison until the fall of 1865 - where he would stand trial and be found guilty of murdering prisoners of war. In November he was hanged - the only Confederate executed for his part in the war.

Image of Wirz Arrested at Andersonville Henry Wirz Historical Marker
Ed Jackson
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