Civil War Pipe Carved by a POW at Libby Prison
Civil War carved folk art pipe featuring grape vines on each side and the initials AFS inside a wreath on the front. A tag attached to the pipe reads: This pipe carved by Uncle Alfred F. Spaulding while prisoner in Libby Prison during Civil War. HDS lists only one Alfred F. Spaulding, who served as a corporal and sergeant in Co. C, 15th Vermont Infantry, from September 11, 1862, to Nov. 18, 1862, with no mention of him being taken prisoner.
The pipe is also accompanied by two uniform buttons, which are described on the other side of the tag: The buttons are from a uniform worn by a buddy of mine in [illegible] Boer War 1900-1904, William Almond.