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Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 11th 2009, 03:26 PM

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For nearly 150 years, a story has circulated about a hidden Civil War message engraved inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch. On Tuesday, museum curators confirmed it was true. A watchmaker used tiny tools to carefully pry open the antique watch at the National Museum of American History, and a descendant of the engraver read aloud the message from a metal plate underneath the watch face.


"Jonathan Dillon April 13 - 1861," part of the inscription reads, "Fort Sumpter (sic) was attacked by the rebels on the above date." Another part reads, "Thank God we have a government."
The words were etched in tiny cursive handwriting and filled the the space between tiny screws and gears that jutted through the metal plate. A magnifying glass was required to read them.


Jonathan Dillon, then a watchmaker on Pennsylvania Avenue, had Lincoln's watch in his hands when he heard the first shots of the Civil War had been fired in South Carolina. The Irish immigrant later recalled being the only Union sympathizer working at the shop in a divided Washington.
Dillon's story was passed down among his family and friends, eventually reaching a New York Times reporter. In a 1906 article in the paper, an 84-year-old Dillon said no one, including Lincoln, ever saw the inscription as far as he knew.



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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 11th 2009, 04:04 PM

Oh cool, that's kinda awesome.


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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 11th 2009, 04:15 PM

That's quite interesting. It's a shame Lincoln never knew.


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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 11th 2009, 11:53 PM

This is very interesting. I'd love to see the watch for myself. I do wish Lincoln would have known as well.


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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 11th 2009, 11:57 PM

That is interesting but only of any value because the Union won
   
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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 12th 2009, 12:01 AM

That's pretty interesting. It would be really cool to see, too. Maybe they'll put it in a museum so we can. :]


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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 12th 2009, 12:21 AM

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That is interesting but only of any value because the Union won
I disagree with this majorly. It would be worth so much in the South if it was a Southern memorabilia piece. I've seen tons of things sell and I can imagine if Jefferson Davis's watch had an inscription on the inside that it would be worth a lot of money.


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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 13th 2009, 01:31 AM

Quite interesting.

Reminded me of something they'd find on the movies "National Treasure." =)


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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 16th 2009, 10:36 PM

lol but Lincoln did see it ...I bet he's looking down on them now and going chuckling to himself
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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 16th 2009, 11:38 PM

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That is interesting but only of any value because the Union won
Sorry, but the south was way overmatched in the Civil War... I don't think they had a shot.




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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 16th 2009, 11:57 PM

This is really interesting.I would love to be able to examine the watch myself, but I doubt they'll let anyone near it.


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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 17th 2009, 01:35 PM

Wow that's cool! I would love to see a pic of the watch.


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Re: Secret Message in Lincoln Watch Found - March 17th 2009, 10:46 PM

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Wow that's cool! I would love to see a pic of the watch.
Article with photo can be found here.


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