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Henry Wirz
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Military Personnel
    (November 1822-November 10, 1865)
    Confederate Captain in command of the POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia (1864-1865)
    Was the only soldier tried for war crimes in the aftermath of the American Civil War
    Was hanged for his crimes (November 10, 1865)
    He deprived his captured POW Union soldiers food, clean water and proper shelter.
    13,714 of the 45,000 Union soldiers under his guard died.
    He was highly ambitious and not very skilled.
    He was petty and cruel to the prisoners of Andersonville and rewarded his own men for behaving likewise.
    He violated the articles of war.
    He refused to confess to his actions despite thousands of witness testimony.
    He was wounded fighting for his cause at the battle of Fair Oaks (May 1862), which cost him the use of his right arm.
    He was executed for his crimes.
    He allowed the Union prisoners to run trials for fellow POWs deemed murderers and thieves.
    He obtained the rank of Captain in the Confederate army.
    He had a degree in medicine from the University of Zurich.
    He served as a medical practitioner in Kentucky (1849).
    He claimed he was being hanged for following orders.
    Some claim he was the fall guy for the more popular General Robert E. Lee who commanded the entire army, including it's POW facilities.

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