Lamplighter’s tackles war crimes in new drama

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, May 31, 2011The Andersonville Trial

Set against the turbulent, raw-edged backdrop of the American Civil War, The Andersonville Trial is a striking courtroom drama that is just as relevant today as it was when the real trial was being conducted in 1865.

Saul Levitt based his play on the official records of the actual trial of Capt. Henry Wirz, the commander of the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, Ga.

The camp was little more than a stockade with no shelter from the winter cold or summer heat.

Prisoner rations consisted of coarse corn meal. More than 41,000 Union soldiers were received at Andersonville and 12,913 died.

Wirz was the only man, North or South, tried and convicted for war crimes during the Civil War.

Lamplighter’s Theatre Company and The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Inc. present The Andersonville Trial Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 in the sanctuary at the historic Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave. North in Nashville. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. & Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 PM.

For tickets call the Lamplighter’s Theatre Company Ticket Sales Voicemail line 615-852-8499 (TIXX). For more information on The Andersonville Trial visit us online at or

Due to intense subject matter parents may wish to consider whether children under the age of four should attend.

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