Civil War prison atrocities recalled in play at Zoar - OH

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Civil War prison atrocities recalled in play at Zoar

By Betty O’Neill-Roderick
Special to the Beacon Journal


Published: September 2, 2013 - 08:22 PM


Only one person was tried for war crimes following the conclusion of the Civil War.

Confederate Capt. Henry Wirz was in charge at the Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp in Georgia, where nearly 14,000 Union soldiers died of starvation, disease and exposure. His military trial in 1865 is depicted in the historical play, The Andersonville Trial, by Saul Levitt.

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"A group of local judges and lawyers — the Courthouse Players — will present the play in Zoar on Thursday and Friday as a prelude to Zoar’s biennial Civil War re-enactment, which takes place this weekend."
I'm looking forward to attending tomorrow evening's performance.
 
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Just got home from attending this evening's performance. It was very well done. Concluded that Wirz was a political scape-goat, who should never have been charged, let alone hanged.
 
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Civil War prison atrocities recalled in play at Zoar

By Betty O’Neill-Roderick
Special to the Beacon Journal


Published: September 2, 2013 - 08:22 PM


Only one person was tried for war crimes following the conclusion of the Civil War.

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Only a minor nit-pick with the article. Wirz was not the only person charged with war crimes at the end of the Civil War. Confederate Major John H. Gee, the former commander of the Salisbury Prisoner of War camp in North Carolina from September 1864, until the surrender of Johnston's forces in 1865, was charged with one count of "violation of the rules and customs of war" and a second count of "murder in violation of the laws of war." On August 30, 1866, he was acquitted of all specifications and counts. The charges and findings are in O.R Series II, Vol. VIII, pp. 956-960
 



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