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The contents of Abraham Lincoln's pockets from April 14, 1865. Image includes newspaper reporting his assassination.
The contents of Abraham Lincoln's pockets from April 14, 1865. Image includes newspaper reporting his assassination.

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Lincoln's Pockets
Do you carry money or a favorite photo in your pocket? How about eyeglasses? The things we carry often hold clues to who we are and what's important to us. When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., he had all the things you see in this picture in his pockets.

On that night, Lincoln was carrying two pairs of eyeglasses, a lens polisher, a pocketknife, a linen handkerchief, a watch fob, a brown leather wallet with a $5 Confederate note, and nine newspaper clippings. You might carry some of the same things today--eyeglasses and a wallet are pretty common--but you probably don't have a $5 Confederate note in your pocket.

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