WEEK IN PHOTOS: Epic Sandstorm, Lincoln's Watch, More

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Epic Sandstorm, Lincoln's Watch, More
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Washington, D.C., March 10, 2009--A "secret" message about the U.S. Civil War is scrawled inside Abraham Lincoln's gold pocket watch, officials with the National Museum of American History confirmed on Tuesday.

Written in April 1861 by watchmaker Jonathan Dillon, parts of the inscription read "Fort Sumter was attacked by the rebels" and "thank God we have a government."

Dillon had been repairing the watch for then President Lincoln when Confederate troops opened fire on the Charleston, South Carolina, fort, sparking the "War Between the States." Lincoln never knew the words were there, Dillion's great-great-grandson, Doug Stiles, told the Reuters news service.

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