Tag Archives: Henry Wirz

Andersonville Offers Wonderful Writing Amidst Horrific Suffering

Every so often as we read, we writers run into a sentence that is so spot-on perfect that we say, “Damn, I wish I’d written that.” Such writer-envy is not uncommon, and at its heart, it springs from a deep … Continue reading

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Henry Wirz’s Story: Spin Set In Stone

To believe the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Henry Wirz got the shaft. And so they gave him the shaft, too. Dedicated on May 12, 1909, a monument to the former commandant of South’s most notorious Civil War prison stands … Continue reading

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“He Will Judge Between You and Me”: The 150th Anniversary of the Execution of Henry Wirz

            Forty-one year old Henry Wirz, late major of the Confederate army and commandant of the Camp Sumter prisoner of war camp, sat in his own prison cell and petted a cat.[1] There was little else for the man to … Continue reading

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They Intended To Kill All Of Them – Battle and Death in Southwest Virginia

150 years ago today, 5,000 Union soldiers marched toward Saltville, Virginia, aiming to destroy the key saltworks at that town. Under the command of Major General Stephen Burbridge, the forces were made up mostly of Kentucky Mounted Infantry, plus a … Continue reading

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Fateful Lightning: Was Sherman’s March To the Sea a War Crime? Part II

On November 15 1864, Sherman began marching south, dividing his army into two wings. On November 22, a large (4,500) group of Confederate soldiers under General Pleasant J. Phillips met part (1,500) of the right wing of Sherman’s troops, commanded … Continue reading

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