Execution of Captain Henry Wirz

This photograph was taken at the moment the trap was sprung. Soldiers are shown leaning over from their positions to get a better look as the Capitol buildings looms in the background. He was the warden of the Andersonville prison camp and was sentenced to hang "for impairing the health and destroying the lives of prisoners." Wirz was the only Confederate officer executed as a war criminal.

Date:
November 10, 1865
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
MES15526
Photographer:
Alexander Gardner
Height:
1421px
Width:
2194px
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