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.