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Confederate prisoner sits with Captain George Custer
A Confederate prisoner poses with Captain George A. Custer in 1862

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Henry Wirz, Former Commander of Confederate Prison Was Hanged
November 10, 1865

Caught in the unfortunate position of answering for all the misery that had occurred at the Andersonville prison, Wirz stood little chance of a fair trial. A military tribunal tried him for conspiring with Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president, to "injure the health and destroy the lives of soldiers in the military service of the United States." He was convicted on all counts and sentenced to a public execution. Why such a harsh punishment? What made the Andersonville prison so horrible?
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