The Commandant's Perspective

The Commandant's Perspective (HM1OCX)

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

N 32° 11.54', W 84° 7.897'

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From these heights near headquarters, Capt. Henry A. Wirz could observe everything withing the prison walls. Envision the white post perimeters as the stockade; 30,000 human beings with that area; the din of all those voices, the groans from the hospital, the shouts of the guards, the smell of unwashed clothes and bodies.

Today's landscape of quiet grass softens for us the images of Andersonville. Wirz, the prison commandant, did not have that luxury.

The Wirz execution, November 10, 1865. The prison commandant, Capt. Henry A. Wirz, was responsible for maintaining order and discipline, imposing punishment, and providing rations. In search of a scapegoat after the war, the federal government tried Wirz for "murder, in violation of the laws of war," and sentenced him to death.

Some ten miles south of Andersonville, residents of Americus complained of the smell.

By the summer of 1864, the stockade became so overcrowded that all those individual prisoners may have appeared as a single, shuffling organism.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 770416 N 3565362
Decimal Degrees32.19233333, -84.13161667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 11.54', W 84° 7.897'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 11' 32.4" N, 84° 7' 53.82" W
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Area Code(s)229
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Prison Site Rd, Andersonville GA 31711, US
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