Sunday, June 16, 2013

Day 141 June 16

During Lafayette's visit to  Nashville, Tennessee, a pickpocket stole his watch.  Lafayette nearly broke down.  This was the watch George Washington had presented to Lafayette as a reward for his military services during the War.

Government officials apologized, but they couldn't find the stolen watch.  Fifty years later, in 1874, the watch was discovered in a Louisville, Kentucky pawnshop.  It was redeemed with $300 appropriated by Congress and sent to Lafayette's grandson.

Lafayette died in 1834.  He was buried in Paris.  A mound of dirt from Bunker Hill was placed over the grave.

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