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Mark your calendar! The Memorial Illumination at Antietam National Battlefield is coming up Saturday, December 2, 2017. This powerful display of remembrance is something to see. You won't want to miss it! ow.ly/pTeH30gw2An
Wirz’s Final Moments
The morning of November 10, 1865 was not just an ordinary morning for Captian Henry Wirz, instead it would be his last. In preparation for his walk to the gallows, he penned one final letter. A letter to his lawyer Louis Schade. In it, he pleaded, “Please help my poor family – my dear wife and children. War, cruelest, has swept everything from me, and today my wife and children are beggars.”
According to the New York Times, Richard B. Winder, who also worked at the Andersonville prison, visited Wirz the morning of his execution; “Winder then bade Wirz an emotional farewell at half-past eight o’clock,” the article read. And in his final moments within the cell of the Old Capitol Prison, Wirz remained with his spiritual advisers, Fathers Boyle and Wiget, until it was time to leave.
Large crowds gathered near the gallows and spread throughout the area. Some even watched from rooftops of nearby buildings. Chants of "Remember Andersonville!" rose from some of the spectators. Wirz's trial was highly publicized, and his hanging would be too.
On November 10, 1865 at 10:32 AM, Captain Henry Wirz of the Confederate Army was executed after being found guilty on charges of conspiracy and murder at Andersonville. The meaning of that trial, verdict, and execution has been debated ever since. (JH)(Library of Congress Photo)