History is full of cases in which dreams have played a central role in the life of historical figures. Precognitive dreams are dreams in which the dreamer implicitly or explicitly receives information on future events. Precognitive dreams can be about personal events affecting the dreamer, friends & family, famous people or even local and world events.
Abraham Lincoln had an interesting dream that seems to have foretold his end. The dream is recorded in the memoirs of Lincoln’s friend and bodyguard, Colonel Ward Hill Lamon (Recollections of Abraham Lincoln). The colonel wrote that he was among two or three persons present when Abraham Lincoln shared the disturbing dream a few days before his assassination.
Lincoln shared his precognitive dream while with some friends at the White House.The discussion about dreams started with Lincoln referring to the dreams described in the Bible. He said that If we believe the Bible, we 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. After being asked by his wife, Lincoln admitted that he did not believe in dreams/ Using the Bible stories as an introduction he continued by describing a recent dream that had been haunting him.
In the dream, Lincoln found himself in the White House. He could sense death like stillness. He heard weeping but could not locate where it was coming from. He walked downstairs and started to search each room attempting to find the source of the mournful sounds. The rooms where brightly lit but he could not find where the weeping was coming from. When he entered the East Room he saw soldiers standing guard and mourners weeping over a corpse that appeared wrapped in funeral vestments. Lincoln then asked “Who is dead in the White House?”. One of the soldiers replied “The president, he was killed by an assassin”. Then, a loud burst of grief from the dream crowd woke Lincoln up.
That night he did not sleep again and admitted that he was strangely annoyed since he had the dream. Did Lincoln know his end was coming and afraid to admit his belief in the dream? According to Lamon, on a later encounter Lincoln insisted that he was not the one lying dead in the dream. Maybe Lincoln just did not want to admit it as he was the president. Admitting that he was in the dream would have surely caused a stir.