One of the most notorious precognitive dreams in American history was experienced by Abraham Lincoln.
On April 11, 1865, only two days after Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattax, Lincoln sat with his wife and several longtime friends, ruefully pondering whether dreams could be used to predict the future.
Confessing that he’d had a nightmare “that has haunted me ever since,” Lincoln confided that he’d gone wearily to bed after waiting up for important dispatches.
Almost immediately, he fell into a deep slumber and soon began dreaming. The following account is excerpted from THE ASSASSINATION: DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, The Civil War Series, Time-Life Books.
“`There seemed to be a deathlike stillness about me,’ (Lincoln) said. `Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs.’
“Finding no one, Lincoln roamed from room to room seeking the source of the sorrowing sounds. `I kept on, until I arrived in the (White House’s) East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque on which rested a corpse in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, some 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!'”
Only three nights later, Lincoln was murdered by John Wilkes Booth.
Interestingly, diaries and private correspondence of the time reported that Lincoln had experienced other prophetic dreams, including several that foretold of Union victories. THE ASSASSINATION: DEATH OF A PRESIDENT reports Lincoln as saying:
“It seems strange how much there is in the Bible about dreams. There are, I think, some 16 chapters in the Old Testament and four or five in the New in which dreams are mentioned. (Believers in the Bible) must accept the fact that in the old days, God and His angels came to men in their sleep and made themselves known in dreams.”
Now it’s your turn! Have you ever “seen” the future in a dream? Do you think Lincoln’s subconscious predictions were coincidence? Or was his nightmare a doorway into another dimension? Let us know your opinion in the comments section, below!