Henry Wirz, Commander of Andersonville Confederate Prison: Trial and Execution

UNITED STATES ARMY STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE (1775 - )

Henry Wirz (November 25, 1823 – November 10, 1865) was the only Confederate soldier tried after the end of the American Civi War. He was tried, convicted, and executed, not for being a Confederate soldier, but for conspiracy and murder relating to his command of Camp Sumter, the infamous Confederate prisoner-of-war prison at Andersonville, Georgia. Wirz encouraged and commanded barbaric and murderous policies and actions in the prison. This Librivox recording is excerpts from the 850 page summary of the trial written by the Army Judge Advocate (prosecutor) for, and at the command of, The Congressional House Of Representatives, 40th Congress, Second Session, Ex, Doc. No 23. This recording omits the 614 pages of testimony by very numberous witnesses, both Federal and Confederate. What is recorded conveys the substance of the witnesses’ testimony. For a prisoner’s view of life in the prison camp see Librivox recording Andersonville Diary, Escape And List Of The Dead by John L. RANSOM. - Summary by Wikipedia and david wales

Genre(s): War & Military

Language: English

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Play 01 Part 1 Opening Material (Pages 1-3) David Wales
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Play 02 Part 2 Two Charges And Fourteen Specifications (Pages 3-8) David Wales
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Play 03 Part 3 Statement Of Prisoner Henry Wirz In Answer To Charges (Pages 704-713) Part 1 David Wales
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Play 04 Part 3 Statement Of Prisoner Henry Wirz In Answer To Charges (Pages 713-721) Part 2 David Wales
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Play 05 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 722-730) Part 1 David Wales
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Play 06 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 731-741) Part 2 David Wales
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Play 07 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 741-749) Part 3 David Wales
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Play 08 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 749-757) Part 4 David Wales
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Play 09 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 757-762) Part 5 David Wales
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Play 10 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 762-771 ) Part 6 David Wales
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Play 11 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 771-780 ) Part 7 David Wales
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Play 12 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 780-787 ) Part 8 David Wales
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Play 13 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 787-797) Part 9 David Wales
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Play 14 Part 4 Closing Statement Of Judge Advocate (Prosecutor) (Pages 797- 803) Part 10 David Wales
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Play 15 Part 5 Findings And Sentencing Of Court (Pages 805-808) David Wales
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Play 16 Part 6 Report Of Staff Judge Advocate To The President (Pages 808-814) David Wales
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Play 17 Part 7 Order Of The President and Letter Re Execution And Burial (Pages 814-815) David Wales
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