What: About 45,000 union soldiers were imprisoned there.
When: February 1864,until the end of the civil war.
Why: Because one of the largest military prison.
How: 13,000 died due to disease and because they might have gotten shot.
Surprise info: Captain wirz was hanged in Washington DC on Nov 10,1865 on the charge of war crimes
Did it help our nation: No it hurt our nation they hung captain wirz, captain wirz obeyed the rules and for obeying the rules he got hung.
Something interesting:a Confederate military prison that existed for 14 months during the American Civil War. It opened in February, 1864 near Andersonville, Georgia, and originally covered roughly 16.5 acres of land.