Humpday History Highlight

Have you ever wondered what was in Abraham Lincoln’s pockets at the time of his assassination? You’ll know in a few minutes.

As the U.S. marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Library of Congress wants Americans to get to know the real man behind the myths through an exhibit of 200 artifacts from his time, including many items that have never before been seen by the public.

Among the artifacts are the contents of Lincoln’s pockets on the day that he was assassinated, which include two pair of wire-rimmed spectacles, handkerchiefs monogrammed ‘A. Lincoln.’ in red thread, a pocket knife, a watch fob and a custom-made button.

The contents of his pockets were emptied and given to his son. The artifacts stayed in the family for 70 years until Lincoln’s granddaughter, Mary Lincoln Isham, gave them to the Library of Congress as a gift.

Fascinating. I’m surprised conspiracy theorists haven’t jumped at his possession of Confederate money. “Inside job! Inside job!”

9 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. JT

    Have you ever wondered what was in Abraham Lincoln’s pockets at the time of his assassination?

    Uhhhhh…….no.

  2. JT

    Fascinating. I’m surprised conspiracy theorists haven’t jumped at his possession of Confederate money.

    Not at all.

    You see, back then, politicians didn’t make anywhere near the kind of money that they do today.

    He was probably moonlighting as the Confederacy’s Secretary of Defense.

  3. formwiz

    He had just been in Richmond a few days before and undoubtedly had the bills as a souvenir.

    PS If he’d been the Confederacy’s SECDEF, they might have done better. A lot of historians rate Ol’ Abe as a pretty fair tactician.

  4. JT

    I know, he’s my fave Pres.

    The comment was a feeble attempt at snarkism.

    The South had some pretty fair tacticians as well.

    The North’s industrial capacity was something the South could not overcome.

    America’s industrial capacity contributed mightily to the Allied war effort during WWII.

    And I’m sure glad our government has learned these lessons and kept America a strong manufacturing power.

    But, with the fall of Hostess bakeries, the plan to clog our enemies arteries seems doomed to fail.

    I’m confident our current leaders have a backup plan.

  5. Bob G.

    Wyatt:
    An otherwise overlooked aspect of our history.
    Good find.
    You should stop by the GAR museum down on Ruan St. They have part of the pillow case Lincoln rested his head on while he lay dying.

    You stay safe out tehre

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