A piece of the Civil War-era South has made its way north.
They're called the "Dead Man's Irons" — rivets still in place — and they were an infamous set of leg manacles used at the more infamous Andersonville prison during the Civil War; and they're now on display in Washington, D.C.
The District's 28,000 square-foot Crime Museum displays "firearms, detection equipment, prison art, and automobiles ... from hundreds of justice and law enforcement divisions nationwide, including several from the state of Georgia," according to a release. "The harsh realities of crime manifest themselves through artifacts and instruments of forensics, investigation, enforcement and violence."
Andersonville was notoriously overcrowded and under-rationed during the war; thousands of its prisoners died. The Museum's irons were well-named "because they were riveted on the legs and could only be removed by pulling them off the wasted limbs of a prisoner who had died or by a blacksmith."