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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 06, 1864

Wirz Reported from Andersonville on Poor Corn Supply

From Camp Sumter - Andersonville prison - Commander Henry Wirz complained to Confederate officials that the cornmeal issued to the 24,000 prisoners and staff was unbolted - that is, ground with the husks and unfit for consumption - a factor partially responsible for the high death rate, along with poor sanitary conditions and not enough supplies all around.