Libby Prison key, ca. 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Capt. Granville Sparrow of the 17th Maine kept the key – said to be from a lock on a cell at Libby Prison in Richmond – as a war souvenir.

Sparrow of Portland, enlisted in August 1862 as a sergeant in Co. A of the 17th Maine Infantry. Sparrow, 25 at his enlistment, remained in the regiment until August 1865, having been promoted to lieutenant and captain.

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About This Item

  • Title: Libby Prison key, ca. 1863
  • Creation Date: circa 1863
  • Subject Date: circa 1863
  • Location: Richmond, VA
  • Media: Iron
  • Local Code: 1998.453.28(1)
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
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