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Object Name Shackle, Leg
Catalog Number 1904.45
Date 1864
Material(s) Wrought iron
Dimensions H-9.75 W-3.625 D-1 inches
Description This is a a wrought iron leg manacle hinged on one end with an oval opening. The other end has a nut and bolt closure with a square nut and bolt. At one end there is a hole for the attachment of a chain.
Notes Local stories state that this leg shackle was worn by a Confederate prisoner shot on General Burbridge's orders at Coleman's Spring, Frankfort, 1864.

Stephen Burbridge, from Georgetown, led the 26th Kentucky Infantry at Shiloh in 1861. Burbridge was promoted to Brigadier General, led troops at Vicksburg and later defended Cynthiana from John Hunt Morgan. In August 1864, he became the commander of the Military District of Kentucky. Burbridge imposed martial law and issued the infamous Order No. 59 requiring the execution of four guerrilla prisoners for each Union man killed. More than fifty executions resulted, some of whom were Confederate POWs, earning Burbridge the nickname "Butcher."
Collection Laura Pugh Torrence Collection
Event American Civil War
People Burbridge, Stephen G.
Subjects Civil wars
Prisoners of war
War crimes
Search Terms Civil War
Confederate States of America
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS