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

The Commandant's Perspective

 
 
The Commandant's Perspective Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
1. The Commandant's Perspective Marker
Inscription.
From these heights near headquarters, Capt. Henry A. Wirz could observe everything withing the prison walls. Envision the white post perimeters as the stockade; 30,000 human beings with that area; the din of all those voices, the groans from the hospital, the shouts of the guards, the smell of unwashed clothes and bodies.

Today's landscape of quiet grass softens for us the images of Andersonville. Wirz, the prison commandant, did not have that luxury.

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The Wirz execution, November 10, 1865. The prison commandant, Capt. Henry A. Wirz, was responsible for maintaining order and discipline, imposing punishment, and providing rations. In search of a scapegoat after the war, the federal government tried Wirz for "murder, in violation of the laws of war," and sentenced him to death.

Some ten miles south of Andersonville, residents of Americus complained of the smell.

By the summer of 1864, the stockade became so overcrowded that all those individual prisoners may have appeared as a single, shuffling organism.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 11.54′ N, 84° 7.897′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is
Prison Commandant- Henry Wirz image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
2. Prison Commandant- Henry Wirz
at the intersection of Prison Site Road and Pecan Lane, on the left when traveling west on Prison Site Road. 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. The Prison Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Star Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Stockade Branch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Providence Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Tight Stockade (approx. 0.2 miles away); World of Lost Spirits (approx. 0.2 miles away); The "Sinks" (approx. 0.2 miles away); National Woman's Relief Corps Tribute (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Andersonville.
 
Also see . . .  Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Servivce (Submitted on October 2, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Commandant's Perspective Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
3. The Commandant's Perspective Marker
[Washington, D.C. Adjusting the rope for the execution of Wirz] image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, November 1865
4. [Washington, D.C. Adjusting the rope for the execution of Wirz]
Wirz' execution and the scapegoat of the federal government. Courtesy Library of Congress (LC-B817- 7753)
View from Wirz's headquarters of the stockade at Andersonville image. Click for full size.
By R.K. Sneden, 1890
5. View from Wirz's headquarters of the stockade at Andersonville
Illus. in: Century Magazine, v. 40, May-Oct, 1890. Courtesy Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-51083)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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