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Manuscripts of the American Civil War
Topical Collections, Introduction

What follows is a list of Civil War related topical or subject collections from the manuscript holdings in the Department of Special Collections, University Libraries of Notre Dame. These collections may be broadly characterized as groups of manuscripts of various types gathered artificially around a person or subject, otherwise lacking unity of provenance.

  • ANDERSONVILLE / WIRZ COLLECTION. 1864-65. 16 manuscripts, clippings. A collection of records and personal papers pertaining to the Confederate prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Sumter County, Georgia, and to the commander of the prison stockade, Captain Henry Wirz. Wirz (1822-1865) was the solitary defendant in the first war crimes trial in American history — the only such trial to result from the Civil War. The collection includes three documents in Wirz's hand: a petition for release from Fort Carroll prison in Washington DC (6 July 1865); a compiled and annotated "List of Witnesses" for his impending trial; and a brief note written two days before his execution (8 November 1865). It also includes Federal army records relating to Wirz's arrest, and records and letters of several Andersonville prisoners. Gift of Walter Trohan, 1969. MSN/CW 0200-1 to MSN/CW 0200-16. [Introduction, Images & Transcriptions]

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