Civil War Prisoner of War Gilt Ladder Badge Recording 4 Prisons Survived by James Walstead
Also, the Fort Sumpter Attack Bullet Removed from Walstead’s Shoulder & Discharge/Pension Papers
We offer this exceedingly rare and important gold gilt POW Survivor ladder badge; not
to be confused with the lesser quality brass "ladder badges" that are frequently
encountered. This piece is of the highest quality and displays individually bars
displaying engraved owner’s name and prisons of incarceration. Accompanying this lot
is the actual bullet, an approximately .69-caliber ball that pierced the navy veteran’s
shoulder during the attack on Fort Sumpter, one of the few veterans to survive both
Andersonville and Libby prisons.
Presented with the medal and bullet is a statement written by James Walstead "I was
wounded by this ball in the left shoulder & taken prisoner in the night attack on Fort
Sumter, Charleston, S.C. on the night of the 8th September 1863. The ball was in my
shoulder for five months. I was a prisoner for 13 months and 10 days. James Walstead
Late U.S.S. Powhatan".
Included is Walstead’ s original U.S. Department of the Interior Pension Certificate
noting that he was shot in the shoulder and the above described statement in Walstead’s
hand; and Walstead’ s 1890 Navy Department Bureau of Navigation Certificate of
Discharge. (Included are copies of dozens of records from the National Archives) Also,
the approximate .69 cal. ball is mounted in velvet image case featuring an embossed
patriotic matt measuring 3" x 3.5"; beneath is mounted a 3.5” x 4.5" image case on
which is mounted the beautiful engraved POW medal marked "JAMES WALSTEAD
SURVIVOR OF… Libby, Richmond, Va 1863 / Andersonville, Ga, 1863 / Savannah, Ga,
1864 / Charleston, S.C. 1864".
Frame (Badge & Bullet): 13.5" x 15.5"; Frame: (Pension Certificate & Navy Discharge):
15" x 22.5"