Commander Wirz Hanged – Today In Southern History

10 November 1865

On this date in 1865…

Federal authorities in Washington D.C. hanged Confederate Major Henry Wirz, commander of the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia,  after a farcical show trial  found him guilty of supposed acts that occurred before he even took over as commandant of the post.


Other Years:

  • 1782 – George Rogers Clark attacked the Miami tribe with 1,000 troops along the Licking River in Kentucky. Clark’s campaign helped secure American claims to Kentucky.
  • 1801 – Kentucky outlawed dueling.
  • 1813 – Andrew Jackson’s force of 2,000 Americans and allied Indians attacked William Weatherford’s 1,000 strong band of “Red Stick” Creeks who had laid seige to a pro-white group of Creeks at Talladega, Alabama. More than 400 Red Sticks were killed in the route while Jackson’s force lost only fifteen men. 
  • 1954 – The Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1973 – Burglars murdered Southern comedian and musician  David “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife in their home at Ridgetop, Tennessee.  Stringbean was 58 and had finally achieved modest financial success after a long career.
  • 1982 – The newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C.
  • 1988 – The U.S. Department of Energy announced that Texas would be the home of the atom-smashing super-collider, a project later cancelled by Congress in Oct. 1993. 

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