Andersonville in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Captain Henry Wirz
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.
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
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
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,
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 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 •
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