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The Andersonville Trial (1970)

A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia.

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General Wallace
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Col. Chipman
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Otis Baker
Wright King ...
Major Hosmer
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Louis Schade
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Captain Williams
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Henry Wirz
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Doctor Ford
Harry Townes ...
Col. Chandler
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Dr. John Bates
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Ambrose Spencer
Lou Frizzell ...
Jasper Culver
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James Davidson
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James Gray
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Lt. Col. N.P Chipman is the Army prosecutor, Otis Baker the defense attorney and Gen. Lew Wallace the judge in the trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate officer who ran a prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, which saw 14,000 Union prisoners die from cruel neglect. Witnesses include Lt. Col. Chandler, who was assigned to inspect the Andersonville prison; Dr. John C. Bates, the physician at the camp horrified by his experience; Ambrose Spencer, a plantation owner who can testify that food offered to the camp by nearby residents was refused; James Davidson, a haunted 19-year-old prisoner who claims a fellow was torn apart by dogs; Jasper Culver, another prisoner who has a story about a man named Chickamauga; Sgt. James Gray, who testifies that Wirtz killed a man with his own hands; and Dr. Ford, the one witness for the defense. Written by J. Spurlin

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All of the witnesses as portrayed in the film are the actual witnesses who testified at Wirz's trial, and their dialogue in many cases is taken almost verbatim from the trial transcript. The major change from history is that Wirz did not testify and the whole "moral issue", around which this film revolves, was never raised at the trial. See more »

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The character of Henry Wirz was referred to as Captain Wirz several times during the film. In reality, Wirz had been promoted to Major about two months before the end of the Civil War, and Major was his final commission. Wirz should have been referred to as Major throughout. See more »

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First-rate historical drama
27 July 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

A wonderful TV movie about the most notorious of the "concentration camps" of the American Civil War. It has a first-rate cast, with Richard Basehart giving an especially intense performance as the camp commandant. I hope some day it comes out on video or is rebroadcast, perhaps by the History Channel.


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