Historical & Environmental Education Reading
A wide array of primary source material exists that provides first-hand accounts of the experiences of prisoners of war. The following items represent some of the most useful and interesting.
Life and Death in Rebel Prisons
One of the earliest published Andersonville prisoner memoirs. Explore »
Trial of Henry Wirz
Published transcript from the war crimes trial of Captain Henry Wirz Explore »
Libby life: experiences of a prisoner of war in Richmond, Va., 1863-64
An officer's account of captivity at the Libby prison. Explore »
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Andersonville National Historic Site
Published at the request of Congress, this government document provides a narrative transcript of the trial of Captain Wirz.
- Publish Date:
- Grade level:
- Seventh Grade - General
- Civil War, History, Law, Leadership, Military and Wartime History
- National/State Standards:
- Georgia Performance Standards High School (United States History) SSUSH9 Middle School (8th Grade GA Studies) SS8H6 Elementary School (5th Grade Social Studies – American History) SS5H1
Did You Know?
A smallpox hospital was built two miles south of the Andersonville prison to isolate infected prisoners. In operation only four months, 50% of the prisoners admitted there died of the disease. The 64 graves of the smallpox hospital were moved to Andersonville National Cemetery in 1867.