Hidden Mysteries - Civil War Walkthrough, Cheats and Strategy Guide

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By Margie Bissainthe | Apr 28, 2008 |

Hidden Mysteries - Civil War Tips

Check out our tips and tricks for Hidden Mysteries - Civil War. Find out where some of the smallest, hard-to-find items are locatated and learn the basics of Cannonball so you can get as many hints as you need!

GENERAL TIPS

  • There are 2 modes, Timed mode or Relaxed. In Timed Mode you will play against the clock. In Relaxed Mode you will have unlimited time to complete the game.
  • Since some items are very hard to find, you may want to play in Relaxed Mode. This will allow you plenty of time to look for items since so many can be very tiny. It will also give you plenty of time to play the Cannonball mini game if you are in need of more hints.
  • If you do not feel like reading the clues as you go along in the game, you can do so later. Just click on the envelope that is on the main page and you can read all the clues you've collected at once.
  • When they game asks for a person's name, look for a figure or a portrait of a person. Once they asked for a President, it turned out to be the name "Lincoln" carved into the back of a chair.
  • Several items are landscaped into the grass, carved on a stone or a piece of wood. Other items blend into the clouds in the sky. Other items appear only as shadows of the actual item. Keep all of these things in mind when looking for things.
  • All clues may not be visible on the list at one time. As you find some items from the list, others will appear in their place. Keep checking the list as it updates itself so you can look for all the items in a timely manner.
  • You may click on an item that you know is correct and the game is not accepting it. Since a lot of items are so small in the game you have to make sure that you place your cursor in precisely the right spot.
  • If you're having a hard time clicking on an item that is close to the edge of the page. Minimize the screen from the options menu and it should be easier to click on it then.
  • If you can't find an item in a screen, click on the "map" option and go to another location. Sometimes you can focus too hard on a scene and it makes it harder to find items. By the time you return to that scene you will get a fresher look.
  • You begin each period with 3 hints. That's not a lot of hints when you have 50 to 70 items to look for at one time. Use them as a last resort only.
  • When you click on a hint make sure that you are looking at the screen, if you're not paying close attention you risk the chance of missing the hint. The hint will only glimmer for a short amount of time. If you miss it you will have to waste another hint.
  • When you run out of hints you can obtain new hints by playing the Cannonball mini game. Just go back to the main map and click on "Obtain more hints" in order to play.
CANNONBALL MINI-GAME
  • In order to obtain more hints you have to play the Cannonball mini game which is similar to the Windows PC game Minesweeper. The purpose of the game is to find where all the cannonballs are hidden.
  • Start by clicking on any square in the grid. It should open up some squares with numbers on them. (I like to start by clicking each of the four corners of the grid, but your first click can be anywhere. The first click is guaranteed not to be a cannonball.)
  • The numbers refer to how many cannonballs are touching that square. So if you see a "1" then one of the squares touching the grid is a cannonball, and all the rest are blank. If you see a "4," then four of the squares around it are mines and the rest are blank, and so on.
  • If you guess that a square has a cannonball underneath, then right click on that square and it will be marked with a flag.
  • You can usually use logic to figure out which squares are cannonballs. For example, if a "1" is touching only one blank square, then that blank square must be a cannonball.

Example 1 (click to enlarge):

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  • The "1" squares circled in green are only touching one other square, so I know that the squares they are touching must be cannonballs and have marked them with flags. The "2" marked with a green square around it is only touching two empty squares, so I know that both of those squares must be cannonballs.
  • If there are any other squares with "1" that are touching the cannonballs I've identified, I know that the rest of the squares around the "1"s can't possibly be cannonballs too, otherwise the number would be more than 1. So, I can click on all of the squares that are bordering those "1" squares (which I've marked in solid green circles.)

Example 2 (click to enlarge):

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  • After clicking all of the squares mentioned above, some new squares and numbers have opened up. Again, the "1"s at the top of the screen are all touching the cannonball I've already identified, so the squares to the left of them must be blank.
  • The "2" square directly below the middle cannonball on the right-hand-side is already touching two cannonballs, so any other squares it's touching must be blank.
  • The two that I've marked inside a red square is touching one cannonball already, but is only touching one other square. Therefore, that second square must be a cannonball and should be marked with a flag.

ENCODED LETTERS

  • In each level there will be one letter that has a coded message. You will be given a letter in which actual letters are replaced with symbols. It's up to you to figure out which symbols go with which letters.
  • The symbols and the alphabet are at the bottom of the page. Click and drag a letter from the alphabet over to one of the symbols above it. Once you place the letter next to the symbol, the symbols will be substituted by the letters in the coded letter itself.
  • The best way to figure out these messages is by looking at the simple words first. Pick a 3 letter word and figure out what it could be. For example if you have "&ou" then you know that you must substitute the "&" for a "Y".
  • Once you get the simple words out of the way then you can begin to look at more complex words. Find a word that may look familiar and experiment with the letters that you think may replace the symbols.
  • If you make a mistake and place the wrong letter next to a symbol, you can right click on it and it will go back into inventory.
  • Once the letter has been decoded then the actual letter will be revealed and placed in your clue box.

ENCODED LETTER SOLUTIONS
1861 - Battle of Wilson's Creek

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1862 - Battle of Antietam

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1863 - Battle of Gettysburg

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1864 - Siege of Atlanta

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1865

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ITEM LOCATIONS ("FIND 10 OF...")
1861 - 10 butterflies

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1862 - 10 flowers

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1863 - 10 keys
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1863 - 10 fireflies

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1863 - 10 cards

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1863 - 10 chess pieces

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1864 - 10 loose bolts

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1864 - 10 arrows

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1865 - 10 gems

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1865 - 10 chalices

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HARD TO FIND ITEMS

Here is a brief list of hard to find items in each location. The list is divided by year. This is not a complete list, just a list of some of the items that I encountered during the game.

1861 Battle of Fort Sumter

  • 3 keys(1) Top right side (2) Bottom right side, on the barrel by the window (3)Bottom left side of the stand that the cannon sits on.
  • 5 coins (1) On the floor, next to link chain (2)On the large cannon, towards the middle (3) Right corner, almost off the screen (4) Bottom right side, by the red book (5) Right side, close to the window. On the edge of the stand of where the cannon sits.
  • Bell - It is a silver desk bell, that is at the bottom of the large cannon.
  • Bullet - It in on the bottom left side, in between the links of the chain that sits on the ground.
  • Butterfly - It is on the bottom right side, on top of the chair.
  • Horse - Top left side, it blends into the brick wall.
  • Knight - It is a chess piece that is on the top left side.
  • Note - It is a musical note that blends into the wall, top left side.
  • Quill - Top left side,it is a red feather that blends into the arch.
  • World Map - It blends into the floor, right side by the drums.

1861 - Battle of Wilson's Creek

  • ENCODED LETTER - It is on the lower right side, on the grass.
  • Female symbol - Bottom left side, on the railing.
  • Fish - It is a green fish on the top right side of the screen.
  • Male Symbol - Top left side of the bridge, it blends in with the rusted metal.
  • Morse Code - It is a series of dots along the left side of the railing closest to you.
  • Moth - Blends into the wood of the railing, bottom left side.
  • Pinecone - Bottom right, in between the railings, blends into the grass.
  • Poison - It is a symbol of a skull and crossbones that is on the bottom left side, on the railing.
  • Tomato - The tomato is green and is on the top right side, in the bushes.
  • Wrench - Top left side of the bridge.
  • "X" - Blends into the wood, bottom right side of the railing.

1861 - First Battle of Bull Run

  • Bolt - Bottom right side, it blends into the grass.
  • Book - It is an open book that sits on the right side of the water.
  • Cursor - It is pointing at the arch on the right.
  • Fish - Top right side of the arch on the right.
  • Glasses - Bottom left side, it blends into the grass.
  • Kangaroo - A dark image that is inside the arch on the left.
  • Puzzle Piece - It blends into the background of the arch that is on the left.
  • Smiley Face - It is inside the arch on the right side.

1862 Battle of Antietam

  • ENCODED LETTER - It is on top of the tent, it blends in with the fabric.
  • Antietam - The word is blended into the inside of the tent.
  • Butterfly - It is a blue butterfly that is on the top left side, on the leaves.
  • Biohazard - The symbol is inside the back of the tent, it blends in with the cloth.
  • Butter Knife - Top left side, on the tree.
  • Dumbbell - Black, on the bottom left side of the ground, blends in with soil.
  • Horseshoes (1)Bottom left side of the ground (2)Bottom right side of the ground (3)On Lincoln's coat, at the bottom of his coat. The horseshoe is black so it blends in really well.
  • Hourglass - On top of the tent.
  • Ladybug - Bottom left corner of the screen, almost off the page.
  • Lightning bolt - On top of the tent.
  • Magnifying Glass - Bottom right side, on the ground under the tent.
  • Phone - Phone receiver, on top of the inside of the tent.
  • Star - Landscaped into the bushes on the left side.
  • Stiletto - A green shoe that blends into the trees, top left side.
  • Question Mark - Left side, carved into the barrel.

1862 Battle of Fredericksburg

  • Ammonite - A nautilus shaped fossil. It is at the bottom right side by the water.
  • Bell - Top left side.
  • Clothespin - Bottom left side, on top of the wooden beam.
  • Dog Tags - Top left side, on the roof.
  • Elephant - It blends into the wall by the river, right side.
  • Faucet - Left side, on the wall.
  • Handprint - At the bottom by the river
  • Key_ Top left side on the roof.
  • Knife - At the bottom of the river, behind the lantern on left side.
  • Pan - Top left side on the grass, it looks like a rock since it's tilted on the side.
  • Razor Blade - Top left side, on the roof.
  • Safety Pin - Bottom left side, on the wooden beam.
  • Spring - Bottom left corner.

1862 Battle of the Ironclads

  • Americas - Map that blends into the pole on the left side.
  • Biohazard Symbol - Bottom left side of the ground, in front of the column.
  • Bolts - (1)Lower left side by the column(2) Lower right corner.
  • Bullet - Lower left corner.
  • Fish - (1) Bottom left side of the ground, it's very tiny and it blends into the ground. (2) Far right side, on the water. It's very tiny and it sits in between the railings. (3) Top right side, on the back side of the boat. It looks like a black stamp.
  • Medikit - Bottom left side, almost off the scene. It leans against the column.
  • Sailboat - Left side, blends into the column.
  • Spider - Bottom right corner, almost off the screen.

1862 Battle of Shiloh

  • Arrow - It is on the bottom right corner, cut into the grass itself, blends in very well.
  • Bishop - Chess piece that is on the very bottom right side of the scene, in between the leaves.
  • Bottle - Bottom right side, it's a dark bottle in front of a dark rock.
  • Butterfly - Top left side of the tree.
  • Dead Leaves - Bottom left side, by the bench. Close to George Washington's head.
  • Fish - It is a green fish that blends into the tree, top left side.
  • Mint - Bottom right corner, in the grass.
  • Pepper - It's a green pepper top left side.
  • Pinecone - Top left side of the tree.
  • Ring - It is on the very bottom right side of the scene, on the ground.
  • Spider - Very hard to see, bottom left side, under the bench.
  • Squirrel - Bottom right side, it's a grey squirrel that is sitting in front of a grey rock.

1862 Second Battle of Bull Run

  • Books (1) Open book in the back of the scene, on the right side of the ground, close to the hill (2) Bottom of the scene, by the wood plank (3) Bottom right side, on the grass by the grey rocks (4) On the hill in the middle (5) It's a green book that blends into the grass on the lower left side.Close to the water.
  • Bracelet (1) Bottom left side, it is a colorful bracelet (2) Bottom right side. It is a silver bracelet that sits on top of a rock.
  • Cane - It is on the cannon that sits in front of the hill that is in the middle.
  • Cannonballs (1)Right side, on the edge of the scene (2) Bottom right side, close to the water, by the large wheel. (3) Lower left side, by the water, on the grass (4) Far left side, in between the first and second hill.
  • Cucumber - Top left side, blends in with the grass on the hill.
  • Duck - Bottom left side, by the water, in between the leaves.
  • Footprint - Bottom right corner, it blends into the ground.
  • Gauze - Bottom right side, by the rocks. It looks more like a roll of duct tape.
  • Locket - On the left side of the ground, it is gold.
  • Magnet - It sits on the hill that is on the right side, above the cannon.
  • Medicine Tablets - Bottom right side, by the small pile of grey rocks.
  • Moth - Bottom left side, on top of the barrel.
  • Mt. Rushmore - Top left side, it blends in with the clouds.
  • Nail Polish - Bottom left corner, on the grass. very tiny.
  • Puzzle Piece - It blends into the hill that is in the middle.
  • Pyramid - It is on the hill that is on the right.
  • Sign - It is a wooden sign that's very hard to see in the back of the scene. It is in between the 2ND and 3RD hill.
  • Spices - Bottom left side, it is a multi - colored bottle behind the barrel.
  • Vase - It's a clear glass vase that sits in between the 2 hills on the left.

1863 Battle of Chancellorsville

  • Bullet - bottom left corner, close to the edge of the scene.
  • Camel - It blends into the lower far left side of the wall, at the bottom.
  • Clover - It is a 3 leaf clover that sits on the bottom left corner, on the grass.
  • Dentures - It is against the back wall, right side, on the ledge.
  • Gem - A small purple piece that sits on the left side of the grass.
  • Hammer - Tiny hammer that sits in the bottom right corner of the scene, by the water.
  • Mushroom - Tiny, it is on the bottom right side, on the grass, next to the water.
  • Paper Roll - Toilet paper that is on the right side of the grass, close to the rocks.
  • Peanut - In the middle of the ruins. In the center of the scene.
  • Umbrella. In the middle of the scene, almost at the back wall. it blends in with the wall.

1863 Battle of Chattanooga

  • Birdhouse - Top of the scene, on the bark of the large tree that is in the middle.
  • Books (1) Bottom left corner, on the ground (2) Bottom right corner, on top of a rock (3)On the ground, by wooden fence, right side.
  • Cave - Above the wooden fence, on the hill.
  • Easel - It is behind the middle post of the wooden fence, on the ground.
  • Elephant - Blends into the top right side of the hill.
  • Heart - It is carved into the top of the middle post of the wooden fence.
  • Sock - top left side of the hill.
  • Starfish - Top left side, it blends into the hill.
  • Dog Biscuit - Bottom right corner, behind the rock.
  • Jeans - Top right side of the hills, it blends into the scenery.
  • Lemon - At the bottom right side of the wooden fence.
  • Pocketbook - It looks like a coin purse, bottom right side. In front of the 3 stacked wooden logs.
  • Puzzle Piece - It blends into the top left side of the hill. Below the house.
  • Question mark - It is carved onto the first post of the wooden fence.
  • Spatula - It is carved on the lower side of the middle post that is on the wooden fence.

1863 Battle of Chickamauga

  • Broccoli - It blends into the top right side of the grassy hill.
  • Bullet Mold - It is on the ground, right corner.
  • Dead Leaf - Bottom right side, under the cannon.
  • Fire Poker - It is on the top left side of the scene, leaning from the ground.
  • Dog Collar - Bottom right side of the ground, by the wheel of the cannon.
  • Guitar - Tiny, on the right side. On the side of the cannon.
  • Handkerchief - Bottom right side, on top of the grey rock.
  • Ladder - It on the right side, carved inside the wheel of the cannon.
  • Lobster - It is on the ground, bottom right corner. You can barely see it, it's like shadow almost.
  • Peas - Bottom right side, on the grass by the large log.
  • Pinecone - Bottom right side, on the grass by the large log.
  • Pocket Knife - Bottom left side, black knife that is on the log.
  • Rifle - Bottom left side, on the grass by the large log.
  • Ornament - A clear ball that is hanging from the top of the tree on the right corner.
  • Pretzel - On the side of the cannon, close to the wheel.
  • Sock - Bottom right side, on top of the grey rock.
  • Spring - Top right side, above the cannon, on the tree.
  • String - A brown string that is on the bottom right side of the ground, by the cannon.
  • Tomato - It is a green tomato that is in the middle of the grass, by the large log.
  • Whale's Tail - Top right side, on the grass

1863 Battle of Gettysburg

  • ENCODED LETTER - Bottom right side, close to the building, on the grass.
  • Anchor - Right side of the building, in between the 2 windows. On the brick itself.
  • Burnt Paper - Behind the right side of the building, against the sky.
  • Easel - Bottom right side of the building, on the grass.
  • Knife - Bottom right side, on the white fence.
  • Moth - Top right side of the building.
  • Pencil - Bottom left side, on the window.
  • Revolver - Top right side of the building.
  • Rocks (1) Bottom left side, by the fence (2)Bottom right side, on the ground close to the white fence.
  • Shovel - Bottom right side of the building, close to the fence.
  • Star - On the bottom window of the right side.
  • Watermelon - Top left side of the building, close to the clock.

1863 Siege of Vicksburg

  • Asterisk - Top left side, under the tree leaves, against the background.
  • Binoculars - Bottom right side of the trunk of the tree.
  • Book - An open book on the right side, close to the hills.
  • Boot - Bottom right side, they are brown.
  • Bottle - Green bottle on the top left side of the tree.
  • Diving Helmet - Green helmet that is on the top left side of the tree.
  • Eiffel Tower - Bottom left side, against the trunk of the tree.
  • Glove - Black glove, bottom right side. On top of a grey piece of wood.
  • Knife - Right side, on the trunk of the small tree.
  • Letter - Bottom right side corner.
  • Mouse - Bottom right side, on top of a grey piece of wood.
  • Mushroom - Bottom left side.
  • Olive - At the bottom left side of the grass. Close to the edge of the scene.
  • Pencil - In the middle of the scene, on a weaved basket.
  • Poker Chip - On the ground sitting on top of a rock.
  • Pretzel - On the right side of the tree, against the brown basket (looks like a basket anyway).
  • Ring - Bottom right side, on the grass.
  • Rolling Pin - Bottom right side, on the grass. Close to the small tree.
  • Rune Stones - A pile of stones at the bottom right side of the grass.

1864 Battle of Cold Harbor

  • Alaska - Shadow of Alaska, top right side of the house.
  • Army Men - top right side of the roof.
  • Chair - Bottom right side, in front of the house.
  • Club - Golf Club, on the top right side of the roof.
  • Crowbar - Bottom left side, on the side of the house.
  • Dice - Top of the house, a pair of red dice that are in the window in the middle.
  • Ear - lower part of the house, inside the third window.
  • Gauze - A grey looking roll, bottom right corner of the picket fence.
  • Kettle - Bottom right side, by the picket fence.
  • Match - Lower part of the house, on the side of the wall, in between the second and third window.
  • Nightstick - On the house, by the door.
  • Place Name - Left side there's a sign that says "Cold Harbor Tavern"
  • Razor Blade - Lower part of the house, above the window in the middle.
  • Pizza Cutter - Bottom left side of the house, by the door.
  • Pouch - Top left side of the roof, above the first window.
  • Spoon - Top left side of the roof.
  • Telegraph - Old - fashioned telegraph machine, bottom right side, on the grass.
  • Tennis Ball. Green ball that is in between the picket fence on the right.
  • Wasp - Bottom right side, on the gravel
  • Wedding Band - Top left side, above the "Cold Harbor tavern" sign.

1864 Battle of the Wilderness

  • Broom - Bottom right side, leaning against the tree.
  • Cake - Bottom right corner, on the ground.
  • Cow Skull - Top of the scene, in the middle.
  • Crown - In the center of the ground, leaning against a piece of wood.
  • Dog Biscuit - Bottom right side, under the log.
  • Fallen Leaf - Bottom right side, a single leaf on the ground.
  • Guitar - Right side, leaning against a tree.
  • Letter - Bottom left side, on a rock.
  • Mouse - Computer mouse, bottom right side.
  • Roach - Bottom right side, carved on a large rock.
  • Shuttlecock - Left side, close to the center of the trunk of the largest tree.
  • Shovel - Bottom right side, against a thick tree.
  • Squirrels (1)Bottom left side, on the ground (2) Bottom right side, on the ground in between the 2 trees on the right.
  • Umbrella - Green umbrella, top left side.
  • Zero - Top right side, on the trunk of the tree.

1864 Siege of Atlanta

  • Bonsai - Under the second window from the right.
  • Cowboy Hat - top right side.
  • Envelope - On the left side of the train tracks.
  • Fish - Inside the right side of the train tracks.
  • Iron - Bottom right side, inside the train tracks. Almost off the scene.
  • Jeans - On the front of the train.
  • Key - On the second window from the right.
  • Lizard - Right side of the train tracks.
  • Milk - On the second window from the right.
  • Olive - Top of the scene, towards the middle.
  • Pan Pipes - lower left side, on a rock.
  • Seahorse - On the back wall. In between the second and third window from the left.
  • Spoon - Tiny gold spoon on the left side of the train tracks.
  • Teacup - On the front side of the train.
  • Thumbs up - Bottom left side, sticking out of the side of the scene.
  • Whale Tail - Top left side, above the train.
  • Yarn - Under the window farthest to the right.
  • Yin Yang - On the front of the train

1864 Siege of Petersburg

  • Battle Name - "Petersburg" is on the left side, by the cannon.
  • Beetle - Bottom left corner, almost off the scene.
  • Bell - Silver bell, right side, behind the platform in which the cannon sits on.
  • Cracker - Left side, on the wooden plank that is leading to the cannon. It blends into the wood.
  • Letter - In front of the cannon.
  • Mouse - Bottom left side, hanging off the ledge.
  • Mouse Trap - Bottom left side, on the ledge.
  • Pencil Sharpener - Bottom right corner of the scene.
  • Star - On the side of the cannon.
  • Volcano - In the back of the scene, on top.

1864 Spotsylvania Court House

  • Barrel - It's hiding behind the left side of the house, on the grass.
  • Candy Cane - Top right side of the house, it blends in with the brick wall.
  • Faucet - Lower right side of the house, close to the pink foliage.
  • Knife - Top right side of the house.
  • Lemons - 2 small lemons on the lower left corner.
  • Light Switch - On the front door.
  • Medallion - At the bottom of the scene, on the left side of the small round wooden beams.
  • Medical kit - Bottom left side of the house, on the porch.
  • Pretzel - Above the front door.
  • Rainbow - Top left side, in the sky.
  • Thumbtack - Bottom left side, by the walkway to the house. On the edge of the scene.
  • Tongs - On the porch, by the second column from the right.

1865 Appomatox Court House

  • Belt - Under the desk, close to the fireplace.
  • Compass - On the desk.
  • Corkscrew - Bottom right side, close to the small desk.
  • Crate - Bottom right, on the floor by the tall cabinet.
  • Dog Tags - Bottom right side.
  • Dumbbell - On the large cabinet
  • Eagle - In the back of the room, on the wall. Above the picture frame.
  • Egg - On top of the mantle. It is a brown egg that is on the wooden clock.
  • Football - Bottom right side, under the small desk
  • Gavel - On the desk.
  • Ink Bottle - On the desk.
  • Letter - Top right side, inside the picture frame on the wall.
  • Matchbox - On the bottom right side, on the edge of the wood piece. Almost off the screen.
  • Moon - On the white part of the fireplace.
  • Rifle - On the top left side of the tall cabinet.
  • Scallop - On top of the tall cabinet.
  • Shoe Print - Top right side, on the ceiling.
  • Shoes - Bottom left side, under the large desk.

1865 Ford's Theatre

  • ENCODED LETTER - Bottom left side, at the bottom of the curtains.
  • Abacus - Top right side, it is a black and red abacus on the wall.
  • Brass - Gold musical instrument, bottom right side, under the sofa.
  • Butterfly - Bottom right side of the carpet. Part of the carpet pattern.
  • Cross - Top right side. Yellow cross on the yellow part of the wall.
  • Hockey Puck - Right side, on the red sofa.
  • Key - Left side of the wall, by the curtains.
  • Moon - On the carpet pattern, left side of the floor.
  • President - "Lincoln" is carved on the back of the chair that is on the left side.
  • Propeller - Part of the carpet pattern, lower right side of the floor.
  • Santa hat - Top right side, against the red wall paper.
  • Sausage - Right side, on the back of the chair.
  • Sock - Top right side, white sock against the curtains.
  • Spider - Top right side, behind the couch. 

 

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