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
Did You Know?
, who plays Jasper Culver in this production of "The Andersonville Trial", played a Union Soldier in the original 1959 Broadway stage production. He is the only one of the original Broadway cast to appear in this production. He played a non-speaking role as a Union soldier and understudied the role of Jasper Culver, which he plays here. See more
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