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!”