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Andersonville in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Wirz Monument

 
 
Wirz Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
1. Wirz Monument
Inscription.
(east side)
Wirz

In memory
Captain Henry Wirz
C.S.A.


Born Zurich, Switzerland, 1822
Sentenced to death
and executed at Washington D.C.
Nov. 10, 1865.

To rescue his name from the stigma
attached to it by embittered prejudice.
This shaft is erected by
The Georgia Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy.
(north side)
When time shall have softened passion and prejudice, when reason shall have stripped the mask from misrepresentations, then justice, holding evenly her scales, will require much of past censures and praise to change places.
Jefferson Davis, Dec. 1888

(west side)
It is hard on our men held in southern prisons not to exchange them, but it is humanity to those left in the ranks to fight our battles. At this particular time to release all rebel prisoners would insure Sherman’s defeat and would compromise our safety here.
Ulysses S. Grant, Aug. 18, 1864

(south side)
Discharging his duty with such humanity as the harsh circumstances of the times, and the policy of the foe permitted Capt. Wirz became at last the victim of a misdirected popular clamor. He was arrested in the time of peace, while under the protection of parole,
Wirz Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
2. Wirz Monument
tried by a military commission of a service to which he did not belong, and condemned to ignominious death on charges of excessive cruelty to Federal prisoners. He indignantly spurned a pardon proffered on condition that he would incriminate President Davis and thus exonerate himself from charges of which both were innocent.
 
Erected 1909 by The Georgia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 32° 11.677′ N, 84° 8.411′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of East Church Street and Oglethorpe Street, in the median on East Church Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andersonville / Father Peter Whelan (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Henry Wirz (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Sumter Confederate Prison Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Star Fort (approx. half a mile away); The Commandant's Perspective
[Washington, D.C. Adjusting the rope for the execution of Wirz] image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, November 10, 1865
3. [Washington, D.C. Adjusting the rope for the execution of Wirz]
Library of Congress (LC-DIG-cwpb-04195)
(approx. half a mile away); The Prison Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Stockade Branch (approx. half a mile away); A Tight Stockade (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Andersonville.
 
Also see . . .  The Wirz Monument. Andersonville National Historic Site, National Park Service (Submitted on September 1, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Andersonville Civil War Village image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
4. Andersonville Civil War Village
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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