With the upcoming conventions for the Republican and Democratic Party choices for United States President, VPI will be exploring the paranormal predilection of two of our past presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. These two who experienced prophetic visions also served during definitive times in the nation’s history.

During the harsh winter of 1777-1778 spent in Valley Forge, General George Washington experienced a vision that contained three prophecies or perils, as he called them, regarding the future of the United States of America. He relayed his vision to his friend, Wesley Bradshaw, who wrote it down for posterity.

General Washington was feeling anxious as he sat writing a dispatch one afternoon when something in the room caught his attention. He looked up to see “a singularly beautiful being.” Though taken aback, Washington asked why the being had come to him. He felt the atmosphere of the room became heavy and bright as the mysterious being revealed its purpose.

First Peril – George Washington heard a voice say, “Son of the Republic, look and learn.” The mysterious visitor pointed towards the Atlantic Ocean where Washington saw a dark shadowy spirit create two clouds using ocean water. One formed over Europe and the other over America. The two merged into one large cloud and enveloped America. Washington also saw flashes of light in the cloud and heard the cries and groans of the American people. This prophecy has been interpreted to be the American Revolution which was already being waged when General Washington had this vision.

Second Peril – The dark shadowy spirit then used ocean water to create a vision of America in which Washington could see villages and towns springing up from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Washington then saw “an ill-omened specter” form over Africa and move toward America. He then saw fellow Americans square off in battle lines against each other. A bright spirit wearing a crown with the word “Union” on it placed an American flag between the two opposing sides and said to them, “Remember, ye are brethren.” This is believed to predict the American Civil War.

Third Peril – The dark shadowy spirit blew a trumpet three times and sprinkled ocean water on Europe, Asia and Africa. Washington watched as a thick, black cloud rose from each continent and merged into one large black cloud. He was able to see hordes of armed men within the cloud through flashes of dark red light in the cloud. The cloud carried the armed men from each continent to America where the armies devastated all its cities, towns and villages. The voice then spoke a third time to George Washington, “Son of the Republic, look and learn.” The dark shadowy spirit blew long and hard on its trumpet. A light as bright as a thousand suns pierced the dark cloud causing it to break up. The spirit with “Union” on its crown came down from above with “legions of white spirits” who joined the Americans in their battle. The mysterious voice said for a final time to Washington, “Son of the Republic, look and learn.” The shadowy spirit then sprinkled ocean water over America and the dark cloud vanished along with the armies it had carried leaving the Americans victorious. Is this prophecy yet to come to America?

Abraham Lincoln’s Premonition of his own Death

Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln’s former law partner in Springfield, Illinois wrote of Lincoln revealing a dream he had to a small group of people that included his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Lamon himself. Lamon said this occurred on April 14, 1865 just one day before Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. In the dream Lincoln said he walked into the East Room of the White House and saw a covered corpse guarded by soldiers. There were also a group of mourners present. Lincoln asked one of the guards who had died and was told, “The President. He was killed by an assassin,” Lamon said Lincoln saw the body and it wasn’t his own so he didn’t view the dream as being prophetic.

It is well known that Abraham Lincoln was very interested in determining the meaning of his dreams, but neither Lamon nor Mary Todd Lincoln ever mentioned Lincoln telling them about this particular dream in the years after his assassination. It was twenty years later that Ward Hill Lamon wrote of it in a book that he had published. Therefore, many are skeptical that Abraham Lincoln actually had this premonition.

Lincoln’s Ghost in the White House

Many people have reported seeing the ghost of Abraham Lincoln in the White House; most often during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency. There are two possible reasons for this. Both served during wartime, and Roosevelt also served the longest of any president (11 years). Eleanor Roosevelt’s study had been Lincoln’s bedroom. She often said she had the sense that she was being watched by someone as she worked in her study. Eleanor was convinced it was Lincoln who was keeping her company.

A clerk who worked in the White House claimed he saw Abraham Lincoln sitting on a bed taking off his boots on one occasion. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was visiting the White House on a state visit and slept in Lincoln’s bedroom. One night a knock on the door awakened her, and when she opened the door she saw the ghost of Lincoln standing there looking at her. Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman often said they heard knocking on their bedroom doors in the middle of the night, but when they opened the door they never found anyone. They all believed it to be Abraham Lincoln who did the knocking. Calvin Coolidge’s wife, Grace, reported seeing the ghost of Lincoln looking out a window in the Oval Office. He had his hands clasped behind his back as he appeared to be deep in thought over a decision regarding the Civil War.

During World War II Winston Churchill stayed at the White House to discuss war strategy with President Franklin Roosevelt. He liked to unwind with a long hot bath while he smoked a cigar and enjoyed a glass of Scotch. One night Churchill walked out of the bathroom with only a cigar in his mouth, no towel. As he entered the bedroom he saw Abraham Lincoln standing by the fireplace and thinking quickly, Churchill quipped, “Good evening, Mr. President. You have me at a disadvantage.” Lincoln smiled and slowly vanished.

There have been no sightings of Lincoln’s ghost in the White House since Truman’s administration ended in 1953. The reason for this is believed to be the many renovations to the White House in the latter part of the Twentieth Century.

So as electron day draws near remember to listen to that inner voice that encourages you to vote for….

Mary Jo~ VPI

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