‘Anyone researching Andersonville should read this very well written book to learn the whole truth about what happened.’ - Saber and Scroll
After the American Civil War, Major Wirz was tried by a military tribunal, found guilty of "war crimes" and hanged.
Forty years later, in 1908, Page wrote this memoir to tell dispel the slanders told about Wirz.
Page explains how the prison Wirz was in charge of was designed to hold, at most, 10,000 prisoners. The population quickly swelled to 30,000 prisoners, overwhelming the South's ability to feed, clothe and house the Andersonville prisoners.
Over 13,000 POWs died out of 45,000 prisoners due to disease and diet, and Page claims that Wirz was made a scapegoat to appease the wrath of the families of those who had died.‘a good read and very different than what is force fed us’ - Civil War Talk
James Madison Page
was born on July 22, 1839 in Crawfordville, Pennsylvania. He served in the Union army as 2d Lieutenant of Company A, Sixth Michigan Cavalry. After participating in many skirmishes and battles, including Gettysburg, P...