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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)
Restraints, Physical