March 11, 2009

Lincoln Watch

For Civil War buffs (that would be me), this is pretty cool.

A rumour has long circulated that there was a secret engraving inside the pocket watch that Lincoln used every day. Smithsonian curators finally opened it, and guess what? Not just a rumour!

Watchmaker Jonathon Dillon was working on the watch when the first shot was fired, and he made note of the historic moment by engraving the date - April 13, 1861 - and his take on the emotional events inside. Read them at the link above.

Dillon told his sons, who passed it down as family lore, but it was never authenticated until now. Which means you all should pay closer attention to grandpa when he gets to yarnin'....


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