Today in History – April 4

Courtesy of our friends at History.com, I am pleased to begin each and every day of the week here at Bulldog Pundit with a snippet of some important event that occurred on this date sometime in the past. Some events might come readily to mind while others may take a bit of effort to recall. Not all are historically portentous and some may even seem whimsical. Nevertheless, each and every one is a grain in the hourglass of human history.

According to the recollection of one of his friends, Ward Hill Lamon, President Abraham Lincoln dreams on this night in 1865 of “the subdued sobs of mourners” and a corpse lying on a catafalque in the White House East Room. In the dream, Lincoln asked a soldier standing guard “Who is dead in the White House?” to which the soldier replied, “The President…he was killed by an assassin.”

Lincoln woke up at that point. On April 11, he told Lamon that the dream had “strangely annoyed” him ever since. Ten days after having the dream, Lincoln was shot dead by an assassin while attending the theater.

Without question, Abraham Lincoln is one of the most enigmatic of this nation’s presidents. Neo-Confederates and Paulinista kooks condemn him as a the closest the U.S. has ever come to a dictator. I praise him as a good and decent man who believed in the inviolability of the Union and acted to preserve it.

I also believe that he was gifted, to some extent, with clairvoyance – which my mother, who was similarly gifted, called “the Sight.”

I wonder what he would say after surveying the present state of this very divided Union.

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