THE COURT MARTIAL OF HENRY WIRZ
GENERAL COURT MARTIAL ORDERS No. 607.
Washington, November 6, 1865.
I. Before a military commission which convened at Washington, D.C., August 23, 1865, pursuant to paragraph 3, Special Orders, No. 453, dated August 23, 1865, and paragraph 13, Special Orders, No. 524, dated October 2, 1865, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, and of which Maj. Gen. Lewis Wallace, U.S. Volunteers, is president, was arraigned and tried Henry Wirz.
To which charges and specifications the accused, Henry Wirz, pleaded not guilty.
And the court does therefore sentence him, Henry Wirz, to be hanged by the neck till he be dead at such time and place as the President of the United States may direct, two-thirds of the members of the court concurring herein.
And the court also finds the prisoner, Henry Wirz, guilty of having caused the death, in manner as alleged in specification 11, to charge 2, by means of dogs, of three prisoners of war in his custody, and soldiers of the United States, one occurring on or about the 15th day of May, 1864; another occurring on or about the 11th day of July, 1864; another occurring on or about the 1st day of September, 1864; but which finding, as here expressed, has not and did not enter into the sentence of the court as before given.
II. The proceedings, finding, and sentence in the foregoing case having been submitted to the President of the United States, the following are his orders:
EXECUTIVE MANSION, November 3, 1865.
The proceedings, finding, and sentence of the court in the within case are approved, and it is ordered that the sentence be carried into execution by the officer commanding the Department of Washington on Friday the 10th day of November, 1865, between the hours of 6 o'clock a.m. and 12 o'clock noon.
III. Maj. Gen. C. C. Augur, commanding the Department of Washington, is commanded to cause the foregoing sentence, in the case of Henry Wirz, to be duly executed, in accordance with the President's order.
IV. The military commission of which Maj. Gen. Lewis Wallace, U.S. Volunteers, is president is hereby dissolved.
By command of the President of the United States:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
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