Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy parallels.
Abraham Lincoln Predicts His Own Death
This story is hotly debated as there is no direct written account by the President himself, but stories from his advisors and close friends. This particular instance does not deal with shaping a war as much as it puts a final nail in the coffin of the most tragic war in U.S. History.
It was April 9, 1865 when Confederate commander Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House signifying the end of the civil conflict. Though the war had come to an end smaller skirmishes still carried out and a plan was put into place by a band of Confederate sympathizers to assassinate the President.
Lincoln would ultimately meet his fate at the hands of an assassin’s bullet while attending a play at Ford’s Theater. He was shot and killed on April 14th, 1865, but just ten days prior while the country was still at war he made the following statement, an eerie premonition that came true:
“About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs.
There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. I saw light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break? I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered.
There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, 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.’ Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it ever since.”
The strange case of the Lincoln/Kennedy Parallels
An intriguing footnote in US History related to two presidents who were assassinated 100 years apart shows that history repeats itself with almost supernatural precision.
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost children while living in the White House.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.
Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners.
Both successors were named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
Lincoln was shot at the theater named “Ford’s”.
Kennedy was shot in a car called “Lincoln – made by Ford Motor Co”.
Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
Both John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald were assassinated before their trials.