A father with his 3 sons are working in the field on their family farm in Kentucky. Suddenly, the father falls to the ground (killed by an Indian). One of his sons runs across the field to the woods. Another son runs to the cabin. The third son hovers over his dead father’s body-perhaps stunned by the incident and not sure what to do.
The boys had been given “practice drills” many times by their father in case of attack. The boy in the cabin knows what he had been taught to do. With a loaded rifle he aims at his target out the peep-hole of the cabin. An Indian is standing over the body of his father and his brother. He must then act to save his brother from also being killed or taken captive. He fires the heavy rifle. The Indian falls to the ground dead… His brother’s life had been saved. He is Thomas Lincoln-future father of Abraham Lincoln. The father that lost his life was the grandfather that Abraham Lincoln would never know-his name was also Abraham Lincoln.
IN RETROSPECT<CONSIDER HOW THE FATE OF MILLIONS DEPENDED ON THE PRESERVATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFE UNTIL HIS “HOUR HAD COME.”
Beginning with the episode above-which may have resulted in Abraham Lincoln never having been born-please note the following “close calls” that may have ended Lincoln’s life prematurely:
Age 9: Abraham Lincoln’s mother died of the “milk-sick.” Why didn’t he die as well?
Age 10: Abraham was kicked by a horse in the head. He was not expected to live. He was unconscious for a whole night. He lived.
As a child: He nearly drowned twice. He apparently a nonswimmer.
Age 19: Abraham and his friend Allen Gentry are accosted by seven Blacks whose intention it was to steal their cargo and kill the crew. Lincoln and Gentry had taken a flatboat to New Orleans. They tied up their boat one night near Baton Rouge and went to sleep. That’s when they were attacked. The boys defended themselves smartly. Abraham suffered a gash over his right eye. He survived.
Age 26: Ann Rutledge died. Whatever illness caused her death did not sicken Abraham. This can also be said about the fatal illness’s that took the lives of his sons Edward in 1850 and William in 1862. Eddie died of pulmonary tuberculosis at age 3 and Willie of typhoid fever at age 12.
FAST FORWARD: LINCOLN’S PRESIDENCY
Dozens of death threats received while serving as president.
Two confirmations made that Lincoln was to be assassinated before he even arrived in Washigton to take the Oath of Office.
The First Inaugural had federal soldiers and snipers posted everywhere in anticipation of an assassination attempt.
There was a plan to blow up the White House.
There was a plan to expose Lincoln to Yellow Fever.
There was a plan to kidnap Lincoln-which could have led to his death.
THEN THERE WAS LINCOLN EXPOSING HIMSELF TO DANGER WHILE PRESIDENT:
He personally led an expedition- an amphibious landing at Hampton Roads in 1862.
He was shot at in the night while riding a horse alone to the Old Soldier’s Home. The shot put a hole clean through his hat.
Then there was Lincoln peering over the breastworks with his characteristic top hat at Fort Stevens making himself a perfect target for sharpshooters until an officer nearby barked at him: “Get down you old fool!” The young officer was Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr.-future Supreme Court Justice.
Then there was Lincoln visiting the newly fallen into Federal hands Richmond in 1865.
LINCOLN WOULD SAY THAT PROVIDENCE OR FATE PROTECTED HIM-THAT WHEN IT WAS HIS TIME THEN IT WAS HIS TIME.
Lincoln’s “time” came April 14, 1865. He would have said it was inevitable….Mail this post