Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service met with much fanfare

(Americus Times Recorder) The 47th annual Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service was held in the town of Andersonville recently. The Service is held annually and sponsored by the Alexander H. Stephens Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp in Americus. The public is always invited to attend, and there were attendees from several states and throughout Georgia this year.

The First Capt. Wirz Memorial Service was held in Andersonville in 1976 and was organized by Arthur Park of Orlando whose father served under Capt. Wirz at Andersonville Prison.

Guest speaker for the Service this year was Attorney Martin O’Toole from Marietta. He mentioned how a delegation of Union prisoners from Andersonville were given a pass to visit President Lincoln to request a prisoner exchange, but Lincoln refused to see them…

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