When the Civil War ended, the nation was gripped by news of atrocities committed against Union prisoners. Harper’s Weekly provided blow-by-blow coverage the Andersonville, Georgia, prison commander Henry Wirz's trial, which was held in the Capitol. More than half the newspaper’s front page was devoted to an image of the Court of Claims room, which was “large and well furnished . . . [and] looks out through two large windows into the leafy and pleasant park.” The depiction of a civilized and comfortable space contrasted with the paper’s other illustrations of the starving, maltreated prisoners of war.