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Treasure Hunt Location Key for the three pictures of the puzzle

This version of the Gettysburg we are using as our code is one of the only ones of the only known to have been penned by President Lincoln himself.  It has always been rumored that another LOST hand-written version exists.  A code to find it is contained within this on-line version.  If you find this LOST version, you will win a treasure prize.   Have Fun!

Use the Search Tool Clues to find your answers.

Go to the Gettysburg Picture Puzzle to Find the Questions.

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Treasure Hunt Answers

Treasure Hunt Location Key for the three pictures on the Start Page

Cabin Picture (#1-#10)

#1--  Chimney    

Abraham Lincoln’s  grandfather’s name was: Abraham Lincoln (1744-1786).   His grandfather was killed by a stealth Indian. Abraham did not know of his birth-mother’s family history.

#2—Man standing in middle/front    

Dennis Friend Hanks was his cousin

#3—Right fence post at bottom     

Gutzon Borglum was the famed sculptor.  The tunnel project was abandoned.

#4—Left fence post bottom corner    

Mary Todd Lincoln’s had 14  brothers and      sisters, including step-siblings.  Elizabeth Edwards of Springfield, Illinois was perhaps Mary’s closest sibling.  Abraham Lincoln had a brother and sister.  Their names were Thomas and Sarah. 

#5—Man on left side by left door      

A copy of the Gettysburg Address (the Bliss copy) normally hangs in the Lincoln Bedroom.  President Lincoln never slept in the present bedroom.  He used it as a war-map and cabinet meeting room.

#6—Left window       

General George Mc Clellen was the general fired by the President, and later ran against him as a Democrat for the second term.  The general lost that election.

#7—Fence rail across bottom     

A system of secret codes was used to send messages.  The United States Military Telegraph System was its’ name.  Andrew Carnegie was the chief organizational person starting the system during the Civil War.

#8—Trees in sky left top corner     

The summer White House was at the Soldier’s Home on the outskirts of Washington D.C.

#9—Right outside wall of cabin       

Abraham invented a flatboat bellows system to get the boat over sand blocks in the river. He had the device patented, and sent the model to the Smithsonian, where it is on display.  The device was never tested on a boat.

#10—Lower roof      

The first modern war, as the Civil War has been called, introduced the ironclad naval ships (antiquating all wooden ships), the Spencer repeater rifle, the hot air surveillance balloons, and the use of the telegraph.

Macon County, Illinois Log Courthouse, where Lincoln practiced #11-#20


When President Lincoln was assassinated, he was at Ford Theater with his wife, Mary, and guests               Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris.  The President was taken to the hotel across the street from the theater.  Mary, his wife, and Robert, his oldest son were present when he died.  “Our American Cousin,” was the comedy being watched by the Lincolns.

#12—Right desktop with paper     

The Lincoln family children, all boys, were Eddy, Tad, Willy and Robert lived into the 1920’s and was an important lawyer and political officer for presidents.

#13—Small clerk’s desk on right    

In September of 1858, Abraham Lincoln was candidate for U.S. Senator-Illinois.  He came to Charleston, Illinois to debate Stephen Douglas.  Over 10,000 people attended the debate at the Coles County Fairgrounds.

#14—Bench lower left      

The Springfield (IL) Lincoln family dog was Fido.  Abraham’s horse was “Bob,” and the President pardoned the Executive Mansion (White House) Thanksgiving turkey.

#15—Wood floor     

Young Lincoln had to learn long division/multiplication/ and ciphering to the rule of three.  The answer to this problem would be 10,000 miles for each tire.

#16—Candle sconce on back wall   

The way to get the answer is Think about how the numbers at the opposite ends of the list relate to each other.

#17—Chair left of table    

The answers to the “ciphering to the rule of three” problems were:  #1.  2    #2.  3/3 or 1

#18—Far left chair in corner    

There were 14  counties in the 8th Circuit of Illinois where lawyer Lincoln and others travelled.  Coles County was not in the 8th Circuit.

#19—Feather Quill pen on desk    

The Matson Slave Trial (1843), in Coles County was over Mr. Robert      Matson, slave owner from Kentucky, who owned slaves and had a slave family working for him near Oakland, Illinois.  The mother and children ran off from Matson.  Working slaves in Illinois was illegal in Illinois.  A group of men in Oakland and Charleston took the slave mother and kids, and put them in protective custody in the Coles jail, and then the trial would be lost by Lincoln.  Lincoln was Matson’s lawyer. 

#20—Back right log wall     

The assassination of President Lincoln was John Wilkes Booth.  His partners in the plot were: Samuel Arnold, George Atzerodt, David Herold, Samuel Mudd, Michael O'Laughlen, Lewis Powell, Edmund Spangler (a Ford's stagehand who had given Booth's horse to "Peanuts" Burroughs to hold), and Mary Surratt.  Mary Surratt, was hung over the incident.  The conspirators that were hung were Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt.

1860 White House #21-#31

#21— Andrew Jackson statue  

Lawyer Abraham Lincoln practiced law in local county courthouse all around Illinois.  He also practiced before the Illinois Supreme Court, and Federal Courts in Illinois.  His biggest client was the Illinois Central Railroad.

#22— Left chimney on the roof    

Abraham Lincoln kept papers and notes, and whatever would fit, into his tall stove-pipe hat.

#23— Right tree   

Alan Pinkerton, of the Pinkerton Detective Agency was the guard on the train on the president-elect trip to Washington, D.C.  After a threat of assassination in Baltimore, the president-elect entered Washington during the night, and wore a “derby” hat to help hide his identity.  He said he would never do this again. 

#24— Left carriage-way to front entrance    

Each hand-written manuscript of the Gettysburg vary because they were written at different times.  Only five manuscript copies of the Gettysburg Address exist. Two of them, the “Nicolay Copy” and the “Hay Copy,” are in the Library of Congress.  The third, the “Everett Copy,” is at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. The fourth, the “Bancroft Copy,” is at Cornell University. The fifth copy, the “Bliss Copy,” is in the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House.

#25— Top portico above entrance      

President Lincoln had two secretaries, John Hay and Nicolas

#26— Left top four windows       

Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederacy.  Robert E. Lee was the general of the Army of Virginia.  The Civil War ended         April of , 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse.

#27— Front door   

The general of the Battle of Atlanta and Battle of Savannah was William Tecumseh Sherman.  He destroyed railroad tracks, and burnt structures on the way to Savannah from Atlanta.

#28— Right top four windows   

The monument started by Gutzon Borglum in Georgia was Stone Mountain Memorial.

#29— Front lawn within the carriage circle  

There were 11 states in the Confederate States of America.

#30—Distant building on the left side of the building       

The second body was that of the Lincoln’s son, Willy.  Willy was 12 when he died.

#31—Four columns under portico   

Abraham Lincoln was buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois in a tomb.

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