/ Modified jul 26, 2012 2:36 p.m.

History Detectives: World War II Patch

Learn the truth about an evocative symbol, a swatch of fabric, Native American clothing and a Lincoln signature. Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

What does the evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb mean? Did two patches with the symbol belong to a World War II unit? A Louisiana man finds these in a military style footlocker and searches for answers.

Then, Gwen Wright connects a tiny swatch of tattered red fabric to a pivotal moment in U.S. Civil War history. followed by a look at a neckpiece and leggings that may have once belonged to Chief Black Kettle, known as a Cheyenne Peace Chief?

And, a note shows a signature by Abraham Lincoln at The Royal Oak Museum in Webster, Michigan. Is this a forgery? This message reveals a key Civil War practice that history textbooks often overlook.

hist_det_1004_lincoln-letter_spot A note shows a signature by Abraham Lincoln at The Royal Oak Museum in Webster, Michigan. (PHOTO: PBS)

History Detectives, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBs 6.

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