Iron Collar on Fugitive Slave, Missouri, 1862


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Source
Harper's Weekly, Feb. 15, 1862, p. 108. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "Instrument of Torture used by Slaveholders". Sent to Harper's Weekly by a sergeant in the Union Army, this sketch "of an instrument of torture" used in Missouri "to punish their negroes" includes the following descriptive comments: "It was securely riveted [around the neck] and required an hour's filing before it could be removed. This proved to be a very painful operation to the poor 'contraband'; for his neck was so snugly incased by the iron band . . . . The negro stated that he had worn it two months . . . . The form of the instrument prevented him from lying down and taking his rest at night; and its weight and close fit rendered it very burdensome during the day. It consisted of a heavy iron ring, fitting closely round the neck, from which extended three prongs, each two feet in length, with a ring on the end...."