President Lincoln was given a pocket watch and it broke soon after his election. He took it to a watchmaker to have it repaired and the rest, as they say, is history.
Did a repairman really engrave a secret message on Abraham Lincoln's watch the day the Civil War began?I was listening to this story on the radio last night, in which a descendant of the watchmaker narrated his opening of the famous watch, and settled the mystery once and for all. I thought that was so cool, even though I'd never before heard of this watch or the mystery surrounding it.
That's what watchmaker Jonathan Dillon told his family in the late 19th century. He claimed he was working in a posh jewelry store in Washington, D.C., in April 1861, just after Lincoln was elected. And he was assigned to fix the president's beloved gold pocket watch — reportedly the first watch the humble Lincoln had ever owned.
This morning I noticed the same story on the Times' website so I figured NPR must have the audio on their website. Sure enough, there it was. Check out the NPR audio story about Lincoln's watch.
And then mosey on over to the New York Times and their check out their story on Lincoln's watch too.