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Andersonville Prison: the Hell on Earth

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Andersonville Prison|
Hell on earth|
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Billy Bucci|
3/25/2012|

Since the invention of the movie popular themes have often come from events that have happened throughout history. Many times Hollywood will take certain events that have happened in history that have gained popularity amongst the population of the country and made a movie about it, and some events have multiple movies made about them. Although the true events that they make movies about are very interesting and usually have played a major role in the shaping of certain societies or events they are just not always exciting enough to make a good movie so Hollywood changes certain small details, or embellishes facts, or adds parts to the event that really didn’t happen, sometimes it is hard to know what is factual or not. I have picked the movie Andersonville which gives its rendition of the most infamous Confederate Civil War prison that existed. There are three major facts that I will analyze between the Hollywood movie Andersonville and what really happened in history. The first fact of the movie that I believe has been embellished is the portrayal of CPT. Henry Wirz, the commander who ran Andersonville prison; the movie makes him out to be a bit crazy. The second point of the movie that I will be analyzing is the layout of the prison itself between the layout in the movie and the actual site in Georgia, and the third and final aspect of the movie that I will analyze is the trial of the group inside the prison known as the raiders. I know that it has been shown with many movies that they are not always historically correct, but I am hoping to prove that this movie has done a good job at trying to stick to the facts.

In the movie Andersonville: The Great Untold Story of the Civil War Captain Henry Wirz was portrayed with negativity as a man with no care. Often times Throughout the movie they show CPT. Wirz as a lunatic who cared nothing for the enemy prisoners who were placed in...