Allegations are not facts, and they frequently prove to be false. Politics, corruption, bribery, greed, revenge, and blind ideology are often the seeds of false witness that produce character assassination and murder. The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 resulted in the judicial murder of twenty people based on the testimony of false and hysterical witnesses. This is the history of the judicial murder of Henry Wirz in 1865, using a false witness and a military commission that was really a “hanging jury.”
Henry Wirz was a Swiss immigrant, who settled in Louisiana before the Civil War. He enlisted in the Confederate Army and by 1864 held the rank of Captain. Captain (later Major) Henry Wirz was appointed Commandant of the Confederate Prisoner of War (POW) camp at Andersonville, Georgia, a few months after it was established early in 1864. During its existence in 1864 and 1865, it was the largest Confederate prison, holding at one time nearly 33,000 Union POWs. Of the 45,000 Union soldiers there during its existence nearly 13,000 died. Most of these died of diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, small pox, scurvy, and hospital gangrene. Dysentery and diarrhea alone accounted for 4,500 deaths from March to August 1864.
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