"Who is crying," Mr. Lincoln asks of the soldier? "Have you not heard,"
the Union Captain replies? "The Nation weeps," he says. "And why does
the Nation weep," the President inquired?
Lincoln goes on to tell his friend Ward that in his dream the soldier
appeared confused by the question. "There has been a great death in the
White House," the Captain told his commander in chief. "Who is it,"
Lincoln asked? "Why Sir, it is the President who has died," the soldier
replies and points to a coffin sitting just a short distance away.
When Lincoln looked he saw himself resting in the coffin; a bullet wound
in his head.
The next evening Abraham Lincoln, 16th president and savior of the
American Union was felled by a bullet fired by John Wilkes Booth to the
back of his head. He was carried from Ford's Theater to a rooming house
across the street and for most of night laid quietly dying. His wife Mary
screamed and cried so loudly that she was removed from the room. His son
Robert stood by the bedside and wept silently as he stared at his father
and moved only occasionally to wipe tears from his eyes. By morning, the
death struggle had begun. The President suddenly lurched his chest
upward, gasped, gurgled and died. The room was silent except for Secretary
of War Stanton who softly said: "Now he belongs to the ages."
Lincoln died April 15, 1865.
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