Historian Kevin Frye talks about the role of Commandant Henry Wirz, warden of the prison, who became the scapegoat of the war. He was tried and found guilty and became the only Confederate officer hanged for crimes. Kevin also discusses the Prisoner of War Museum that has been added to the National park to honor all American Prisoners of War from all wars.
Historian Kevin Frye brings to light the horrible condition of the Georgia prison set up for 10,000 prisoners but overcrowded to the point that there were 32,000 Union prisoners there. Over 100 died each day. It was the largest prison of the American Civil War and had almost 13,000 deaths.