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Slave shackles, ca. 1862

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Slave shackles, ca. 1862 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 6, page 162-164.

This iron collar and chain are said to have been filed from the neck of a slave who escaped from the Confederacy into Federal territory at Pontchartrain, Louisiana in 1862.

The enslaved man was unshackled by Captain Charles C.G. Thornton, 12th Maine Volunteers.