Lincoln’s Strange Vision
A few days before his tragic death at the hands of an assassin…
The President, seeing that his words frightened his wife, would have stopped there.. but she urged him on. He said in his dream he heard “subdued sobs” and got up.
“I left my bed and wandered downstairs,” he went on… “but the mourners were invisible!” Where were all the the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break?” I went from room to room… No living personw as in sight! I was puzzled and alarmed!… I kept on until I arrived in the east room. There I met with a sickening surprise! I approaced and saw a crorpse wrapped in funeral vestments, and I was smitten with a desire to know who it might be…”
“Before me was a catafalque on which rested a corpse in funeral vestments… Around it was stationed soldiers… And there was a throng of people, some gazing at the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully.”
As the meaning of this dream sank in, Lincoln’s companions expressed their alarm. They begged the president no to go out anymore at night… But Lincoln laughed it off.
A few days later, President Lincoln was dead of an assassin’s bullet, and his strange vision had come true.
And back in Illinois, they brought the sad news to the president’s step-mother, who said: “I knew when he went… He would never come back alive!”