Rare carved Civil War cane. The cane is believed to have been carved by a Union soldier who had been imprisoned in the notorious Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp. Carved on the cane is a bust of Abraham Lincoln, complete with his signature top hat, along with that of a man with a hangman’s noose around his neck. There are also two carved hands and a carved human skull.
The man depicted as being hanged is almost certainly Captain Henry Wirz, the commandant at Andersonville, where 13,000 Union soldiers died. After the war, Captain Wirz was tried for war crimes and hanged. He was only one of two men, and the only Confederate officer, executed for war crimes after the Civil War. This one-of-a-kind cane would be an important addition to any folk art or Civil War memorabilia collection.
Item No. 220085