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Secret Message in Lincolnís Pocketwatch, 1861
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Posted on 07/10/2012 7:18:19 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Secret Message in Lincoln’s Pocketwatch, 1861

Secret Message in Lincoln’s Pocketwatch -  1861

‘In 2009 the Smithsonian found a “secret” message engraved in Abraham Lincoln’s watch by a watchmaker who was repairing it in 1861 when news of the attack on Fort Sumter reached Washington, D.C.

‘In an interview with The New York Times April 30, 1906, 84-year-old Jonathan Dillon recalled he was working for M.W. Galt and Co. on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, where he was repairing Lincoln’s watch. The owner of the shop announced that the first shot of the Civil War had been fired. Dillon reported that he unscrewed the dial of the watch, and with a sharp instrument wrote on the metal beneath:

‘The first gun is fired. Slavery is dead. Thank God we have a President who at least will try.’

‘He then signed and dated the inscription and closed the dial. Dillon told The New York Times in 1906 that to his knowledge, no one ever saw the inscription.

‘After being contacted by Dillon’s great-great-grandson, the museum agreed to remove the dial to see if the watchmaker’s message was inside. The museum did find a message inscribed on the brass underside of the movement. The wording was slightly different from Dillon’s own recollection. The actual engraving says:

‘Jonathan Dillon April 13-1861 Fort Sumpter [sic] was attacked by the rebels on the above date J Dillon April 13-1861 Washington Thank God we have a government Jonth Dillon

‘“Lincoln never knew of the message he carried in his pocket,” said the director of the National Museum of American History. This inscription remained hidden behind the dial for almost 150 years.’


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Reference; Society
KEYWORDS: 1861; abrahamlincoln; civilwar; cryptology; fortsumter; godsgravesglyphs; goldwatch; greatestpresident; hiddenengraving; lincoln; pocketwatch; presidentlincoln; secret; timepiece; uscivilwar; warbetweenthestates; watches
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Lincoln's English gold watch was purchased in the 1850s from George Chatterton, a Springfield, Illinois, jeweler. Lincoln was not outwardly vain, but the fine gold watch was a conspicuous symbol of his success as a prominent Illinois lawyer.

1 posted on 07/10/2012 7:18:32 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More background story here ...

Lincoln’s Pocket Watch Reveals Long-Hidden Message

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Lincolns-Pocket-Watch-Reveals-Long-Hidden-Message.html#

Confirmed Legend: Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch was Opened

http://www.interwatches.com/blog/2009/06/08/Confirmed-Legend-Abraham-Lincoln-Pocket-Watch-was-Opened-


2 posted on 07/10/2012 7:21:58 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: SunkenCiv

This might be of interest ...

historical clockworks ping


3 posted on 07/10/2012 7:27:20 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

PFL


4 posted on 07/10/2012 7:27:46 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Interesting. It shows that people often do recognize history as its being made.


5 posted on 07/10/2012 7:30:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DogByte6RER

It says “Jeff Davis”.

That seems significant, but no mention in the article.


6 posted on 07/10/2012 7:31:32 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: DogByte6RER
Seems like they missed some text there.
Doesn't that say "Jeff Davis", as in Jefferson Davis, POTUS of the Confederacy, right there?
He was elected Nov. 6, 1861 while the watch is signed April 13, 1861.
Why is "Jeff Davis" there?
7 posted on 07/10/2012 7:35:30 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Born to Conserve
It says “Jeff Davis”.

That seems significant, but no mention in the article.

It would have been, had he finished as he intended: "... sucks dirty donkey d---." But just then the boss walked in and he had to close up the watch.

8 posted on 07/10/2012 7:36:03 PM PDT by FredZarguna (But it's God's part... to bring ourselves to such a pass. Our natural business lies in escaping.)
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To: DogByte6RER

This angle should’ve been used for National Treasure 2.


9 posted on 07/10/2012 7:37:04 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Born to Conserve

The “1864” that’s there as well.


10 posted on 07/10/2012 7:37:07 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: DogByte6RER

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks DogByte6RER.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


11 posted on 07/10/2012 7:38:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: philman_36

Because though not yet “President,” he was still a well-known traitor.


12 posted on 07/10/2012 7:39:33 PM PDT by FredZarguna ("... until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword.")
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To: DogByte6RER
Obviously a secret code from his fellow vampire hunters.


13 posted on 07/10/2012 7:40:29 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: FredZarguna

Stauer has been selling a replica of this watch, complete with the inscription, for a couple of years. More history on it is in their marketing materials/website.

Gwjack


14 posted on 07/10/2012 7:41:02 PM PDT by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: LS

LS, thought you would find this interesting!


15 posted on 07/10/2012 7:41:56 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: FredZarguna

Hahahahahaha....


16 posted on 07/10/2012 7:43:05 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: gwjack

Darn. I thought this was something newly found.


17 posted on 07/10/2012 7:46:20 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: DogByte6RER

18 posted on 07/10/2012 7:46:20 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: FredZarguna

It looks like there was plenty of room for “Jeff Davis can KMA” ;-)


19 posted on 07/10/2012 7:49:06 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: FredZarguna
It seems that, judging from your replies 8 and 12, you've got some suppressed and repressed hostilities.
You should talk to a professional about them.
20 posted on 07/10/2012 7:53:58 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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