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Sun Mar 31, 2013, 01:33 PM

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

http://www.retronaut.com/2012/01/secret-message-in-lincolns-pocketwatch-1861/


1861:

Secret Message in Lincoln’s Pocketwatch




‘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 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.’

- Smithsonian Museum

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Reply ‘The first gun is fired. Slavery is dead. Thank God we have a President who at least will try.’ (Original post)
babylonsister Mar 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Mar 2013 #1
rdharma Mar 2013 #2
nuxvomica Mar 2013 #4
Yavin4 Mar 2013 #3
grahamhgreen Mar 2013 #5

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 01:53 PM

1. That's pretty cool, even if the message wasn't quite the same as what the watchmaker

said it was.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 02:09 PM

2. I see a Sept 1864 date with a name

 

Was that done by somebody repairing or maintaining the watch?

I also see "Jeff Davis"........ what's up with that?

Interesting!

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Response to rdharma (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 03:43 PM

4. It looks like a response to the first message

Lincoln's watch was the original General Discussion forum!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 02:32 PM

3. So, Those Nicolas Cage Movies Are Real?!?!?

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 03:48 PM

5. Right! It's written in code!!!

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