Historic Markers Across Georgia

Captain Henry Wirz 1823-1865

Marker ID: GHM 129-2
Location: Ga 271 in Andersonville
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 32° 11.756    W 084° 8.382
  32.19592832    -84.13969304
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3X2K
Captain Henry Wirz 1823-1865 Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Captain Henry Wirz, under the immediate command of Brigadier-General John H. Winder, C.S.A., absent on sick leave, August 1864, commanded the inner prison at Camp Sumter, April 12, 1864 to May 7, 1865. To the best of his ability he tried to obtain food and medicine for Federal prisoners and permitted some to go to Washington in a futile attempt to get prisoners exchanged. He was tried for failure to provide food and medicines for Federals imprisoned here -- though his guards ate the same food -- and mortality was as high among Confederate guards as among prisoners. Of him, Eliza Frances Andrews, Georgia writer, said, `Had he been an angel from heaven, he could not have changed the pitiful tale of privation and hunger unless he had possessed the power to repeat the miracle of the loaves and fishes.` Refusing to implicate others he gave his life for the South, November 10, 1865.


Captain Henry Wirz 1823-1865
Photo by David Seibert