During the Civil War, thousands of captured Union soldiers were confined in the Andersonville stockade in Georgia. Conditions there were so bad that over 12,000 prisoners died and the infamous reputation of the Andersonville stockade spread. When the war ended, steps were taken to bring to justice those responsible. The trial of Captain Henry Wirz, commandant of the Andersonville prison and the charge--conspiracy to commit atrocities and murder among the prisoners. The Union prosecutor is determined to prove that Wirz himself shot down one of the prisoners.
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