Friday, February 27, 2009

On February 27

On this day in ...
... 1864 (145 years ago today), the 1st captured Union troops arrived at the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, Georgia (left). As IntLawGrrl Beth Van Schaack has posted, atrocious conditions there led to the post-Civil War war crimes trial of the camp commander, Henry Wirz.
... 1844 (165 years ago today), on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (right), rebels seized a fortress in Santo Domingo, an event that triggered the separation of the Dominican Republic from Haiti. The date is celebrated as Dominican Independence Day.

(Prior February 27 posts are here and here.)

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