Heinrich Wirz was born in Switzerland and emigrated to the U.S. in 1849. By 1855 he had a successful medical practice in Louisiana. As a private in the C.S.A., he was wounded and lost the use of his right arm. Promoted to captain, he was assigned to noncombat duties because of his injury. He was given command of Camp Sumter, the military prison in Georgia located near the town of Andersonville. Prisoners gave it the name “Andersonville.” Although he was given few provisions to run the prison, he was also a brutal commander. Of the 45,000 Union prisoners incarcerated during its 14 months of existence, more than 13,000 died from disease and starvation. Wirz was tried and convicted of conspiracy and murder; he was hung on November 10, 1865.
This Heinrich Wirz mug is part of our Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.