|Object Name||Shackle, Leg|
|Description||The leg shackle consists of two iron rings joined by a dog clip. The rings are hinged and have dowel pin closures.|
|Dimensions||W-3 L-8.5 inches|
6th Virginia Cavalry, Co. K, "Loudoun Cavalry"
43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, Co. G
2nd Virginia Cavalry, Co. G
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.
Mead, William Worsley
Prisoners of war (tentative)