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Wirz was one of only two people executed for war crimes after the Civil War for the atrocious conditions at the Andersonville POW camp.
I wasn’t aware that he was executed. The series Hell on Wheels depiction of Andersonville likely wasn’t as horrific as the real location.
>Wirz was hanged at 10:32 a.m. on November 10, 1865, at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington D.C., located next to the U.S. Capitol. *His neck did not break from the fall, and the crowd of 200 spectators guarded by 120 soldiers watched as he writhed and slowly strangled.* Wirz was buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
>Wirz was one of only two men tried, convicted, and executed for war crimes during the Civil War, the other being Confederate guerrilla Champ Ferguson. Confederate soldiers Robert Cobb Kennedy and John Yates Beall were executed for spying, and Marcellus Jerome Clarke and Henry C. Magruder were executed for being guerrillas.
The men in the trees really wanted to see him die.