Abraham Lincoln, “Honest Abe” is said to have foreseen his own death through a dream he had about 10 days prior to his assassination by John Wilkes Booth at Fords Theatre. – to quote Lincoln’s account of this dream…
“About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. I saw light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break? I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. ‘Who is dead in the White House?’ I demanded of one of the soldiers, ‘The President,’ was his answer; ‘he was killed by an assassin.’ Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it ever since”
The very day that he was assassinated he had a conversation with his bodyguard William Crook. He told Crook that he had been having dreams for three straight nights in which this assassination theme replayed. Crook worried, tried to persuade the president to stay home that day and not attend the play he had planned to see with his wife titled “My American Cousin”. Crook recalled that Lincoln before he departed that night said “Goodbye” and not as he would normally say “Goodnight”
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