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Collection Reference Number GLC03887
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1865 
Title Affidavit concerning the lies of General L.C. Baker in regard to the case of Henry Wirz
Date 24 November 1865
Author Wirz, Elizabeth (b. 1826)  
Document Type Legal document
Content Description Wirz, the wife of the recently executed Captain Henry Wirz, denies Baker's allegation that she attempted to deliver a poison to her husband during one of her visits to him before he was convicted of war crimes at Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. Contends that Baker was angered by her claim that government officials committed perjury during her husband's trial and forbade additional meetings with her husband. Without money to support herself, she returned to Kentucky "Committing her husband to the care of his Maker, and submitting his fate to the honor and Justice of a shoulder strap Court, and the veracity [underlined] of corrupt, bribed and perjured witnesses." Sworn before the court in Twiggs County, Kentucky and certified on p. 3 by C. C. Hooks, the court clerk.
Subjects Woman Author  Women's History  Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union General  Death  Finance  Death Penalty  Prison Camp  Prisoner of War  Military Law  Atrocity  Corruption and Scandal  Law  Religion  
People Wirz, Elizabeth C. Savills (b. 1826)  Wirz, Henry (1823-1865)  
Place written Trigg County, Kentucky
Theme The American Civil War; Law
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945