Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Commandant's Perspective
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 within 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.
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 Touch 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 (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The North Gate (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
Also see . . . Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Servivce (Submitted on October 2, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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