One thing is also clear. Dillon wasn't the only one with presidential pocket watch access. For there alongside the Dillon inscription is yet another—"LE Grofs Sept 1864 Wash DC." Who would that be?
And across one of the brass levers, the name "Jeff Davis" is scrawled. Lincoln's pocket watch got around.
Stiles was satisfied. "I feel more in touch with Lincoln," and then with a grin, he adds, "Hey, that's Lincoln's watch and my ancestor put graffiti on it."