Encounters with the supernatural
In 1862, while the Civil War still waged, Lincoln planned to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, which would abolish the practice of slavery in the United States. His advisors were against the action and their doubt affected Lincoln. Troubled by the decision, the war and his own personal tragedies—two of the couple's three sons had died by that point, Willie in February of that year—Lincoln agreed to have a seance performed at the White House. (TZDELL: 02: "Voices from the Twilight Zone")
It is said that the spiritualist medium conducting the ceremony was a young girl. Despite her age, she spoke with a masculine, aged male voice; one Lincoln recognized as the famed deceased elder statesman, Daniel Webster. The President greatly admired the man and listened to the girl as the eerie voice told him that he had to be brave and sign the Emancipation Proclamation. This encouragement helped convince Lincoln that his original judgment was sound and he signed the document which would forever change the nation. (TZDELL: 02: "Voices from the Twilight Zone")Another supernatural incident occurred as the war came to a close. Legend tells that the President was awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of loud weeping. He investigated the sound to find a terrible scene in the East Room of the White House. The room was filled with mourners surrounding an opened casket. When Lincoln asked a Guard of Honor who the man in the coffin was, the guard replied that it was the body of the President, who had been killed by an assassin's hand. (TZDELL: 02: "Voices from the Twilight Zone")
Shocked by the realization, Lincoln awoke suddenly in bed. The events had only been a horrible nightmare, but one that had a lasting effect. It seemed to be a premonition. Little did the president realize that a mere two weeks later, he would be killed by the assassin John Wilkes Booth. (TZDELL: 02: "Voices from the Twilight Zone")
Powers and abilities
- Abraham Lincoln was played by Austin Green.