Henry Wirz's quest for a career ended with his becoming one of the most infamous figures in American history

Daniels, James B.
November 2006
Military History;Nov2006, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p25
The article features Heinrich Hartmann Wirz, the commander of Camp Sumter, the most notorious Civil War prison camp in the U.S. Wirz, born in Zurich, Switzerland, set up his own practice as a homeopathic physician in the U.S. Wirz entered Confederate service as a private in the Madison Infantry of the 4th Louisiana Battalion and was promoted to sergeant. Injured at the Battle of Seven Pines on June 1, 1862, Wirz became unfit for frontline duty and was selected to command Camp Sumter.


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