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Object Name Shackle, Leg
Catalog Number 0985.13.00652
Description The leg shackle consists of two iron rings joined by a dog clip. The rings are hinged and have dowel pin closures.
Material Metal/Iron
Dimensions W-3 L-8.5 inches
Owner Regiment 6th Virginia Cavalry, Co. K, "Loudoun Cavalry"
43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, Co. G
2nd Virginia Cavalry, Co. G
Provenance These leg shackles were used in the capture of Capt. William Worsley Mead. When on a furlough at "Greenway", his home, the Yankees came to capture and handcuff him. Not finding him they locked and left the handcuffs behind.

Mead was absent on sick furlough 2-5-2/26/1862, and home in December 1862 saying he was "completely broken down"; it may have been on one of these occasions that the shackles were intended to be used.
People Mead, William Worsley
Subjects POW's (tentative)
Prisoners of war (tentative)
Shackles
Manacles
Handcuffs
Restraints, Physical