Wirz Monument

Wirz Monument (HM1NGT)

Location: Andersonville, GA 31711 Sumter County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 11.677', W 84° 8.411'

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(east side)

In memory
Captain Henry Wirz

Born Zurich, Switzerland, 1822
Sentenced to death
and executed at Washington D.C.
Nov. 10, 1865.

To rescue his name from the stigma
attached to it by embittered prejudice.
This shaft is erected by
The Georgia Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy.

(north side)
When time shall have softened passion and prejudice, when reason shall have stripped the mask from misrepresentations, then justice, holding evenly her scales, will require much of past censures and praise to change places.
Jefferson Davis, Dec. 1888

(west side)
It is hard on our men held in southern prisons not to exchange them, but it is humanity to those left in the ranks to fight our battles. At this particular time to release all rebel prisoners would insure Sherman's defeat and would compromise our safety here.
Ulysses S. Grant, Aug. 18, 1864

(south side)
Discharging his duty with such humanity as the harsh circumstances of the times, and the policy of the foe permitted Capt. Wirz became at last the victim of a misdirected popular clamor. He was arrested in the time of peace, while under the protection of parole, tried by a military commission of a service to which he did not belong, and condemned to ignominious death on charges of excessive cruelty to Federal prisoners. He indignantly spurned a pardon proffered on condition that he would incriminate President Davis and thus exonerate himself from charges of which both were innocent.
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceMemorial
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassNeither
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed1909
Placed ByThe Georgia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] WIKIMEDIA COMMONS  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 769601 N 3565594
Decimal Degrees32.19461667, -84.14018333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 11.677', W 84° 8.411'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 11' 40.6200" N, 84° 8' 24.6600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)229
Can be seen from road?Yes
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 110 E Church St, Andersonville GA 31711, US
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