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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

November 9, 2008

ANDERSONVILLE, GA (WALB) - The United States Civil War which consequently united the north and south left it's mark on many cities and towns in the nation.

Andersonville was one of them.

On Sunday dozens gathered at a ceremony to remember Captain Henry Wirz who was appointed commandant of the Andersonville Prison Camp in 1864.

For the atrocities prisoners faced, some generals and public servants were charged.

Many of the charges were later dropped but not for Henry Wirz.

Some say he was wrongfully executed.

"He was executed for what they refer to at that time as war crimes," said John Carroll, Sons of Confederate Vet. Chap. 78.

"He was made a scapegoat for all the atrocities that occurred not just in Andersonville but in prisons all prisons," said Walter Blackman, Chaplain Military Order of Stars & Bars SCV.

There is a monument in downtown Andersonville dedicated to Wirz.

This ceremony marked the 33rd annual Memorial Service in Andersonville, it was sponsored by The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Americus.

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