Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Commandant's Perspective

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: On the high hill near the star fort.
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 11.539    W 084° 07.896
  32.19231666    -84.1316
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMAFX9
The Commandant's Perspective Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


From these heights near headquarters, Capt. Henry A. Wirz could observe everything within the prison walls. Envision the white post perimeter as the stockade; 30,000 human beings within 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.

National Park Service

The Commandant's Perspective
Photo by Ken Moser


For more information on Andersonville Prison (Camp Sumter):
Historical background about the infamous Andersonville Prison.
angelfire - Andersonville Civil War Prison
wikipedia - Andersonville Prison, February 1864 - April 1865
U.S. National Park Service - Andersonville National Historic Site
thewildgeese - Father Peter Whelan: Serving the Blue and the Gray
Wikipedia - Father Peter Whelan