Spirit photograph of Mary Todd Lincoln with the "ghost" of President Lincoln, by William H. Mumler

Spirit photograph of Mary Todd Lincoln with the “ghost” of President Lincoln, by William H. Mumler

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, but some have said that his spirit has lingered on—and not just figuratively, either. Over the years, there have been multiple purported sightings of his ghost—at the White House and Ford’s Theatre where he was assassinated, at Fort Monroe in Virginia, and at his tomb in Springfield, Ill.

The epicenter for Lincoln sightings, not surprisingly, is the White House, where he lived during the last four tumultuous years of his life. The 16th President’s apparition reportedly has been seen at the White House by a long list of people, including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands to President Reagan’s daughter Maureen. Read on to discover the most famous Lincoln sightings and the complete Story of Lincolns Ghost.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Killing Lincoln tonight at 8P et/pt. 

Comments

  1. mishy christenberry
    blowing rock ,nc
    February 17, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Very good show,but I wish that lincoln would have just left things as they were,some things are better left alone………it was so sad that the decision he made got him killed and it was for nothing,it backfired on him and I’m sorry he had to die for it,now these are just wasted spaces of life ……..

  2. Paul
    Wisconsin
    February 17, 2013, 10:06 pm

    Great documentary. I have the understanding the Mrs. Lincoln never went by the name Mary Todd Lincol and that this was something made up by joutnalists.

  3. Wanda
    February 17, 2013, 10:32 pm

    I thought Lincoln was very well done. The actors did a good job. It did not deviate from any of the books I’ve read on the subject and seemed historically accurate. A sad moment in our nations history.

  4. jeff
    February 17, 2013, 10:41 pm

    it is 801 miles using mapquest to go from washiungton d.c. to springfield ,il.. and not 1654 miles as read by tom hanks.

    tom was talking about the funeral train going to springfield
    please correct this

  5. GARY DESMARAIS
    MAINE
    February 18, 2013, 12:12 am

    I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE SHOW DID NOT MENTION WHO WAS BEHIND THE ASSASSINATION AND WAS THE MASTERMIND BEHIND IT ALL…WE KNOW IT WAS ALBERT PIKE BUT NO ONE SEEMS TO WANT THE PEOPLE TO KNOW THE TRUTH…..WHY?? DO YOU SUPPOSE IT MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO ABOUT THE FREEMASONS AND THEIR FOUNDER OF THIS SO CALLED SECRET ILLUMINATI ???NO ONE CARES ABOUT JOHN WILKES BOOTH OR LEE HARVEY OSWALD ….WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR WAS WHO MASTERMINDED THESE HORRIBLE CRIMES AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY….WE ARE STILL COVERING UP SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED A CENTURY AGO SO THEY CAN STILL DO THE THINGS THEY WANT NOW…WE ARE BEING DUPED BY ALL THIS BOOTH OSWALD STUFF..THE PEOPLE RUNNING AND CONTROLLING YOUR PROGRAMMING AND VIEWING WANT US TO GO NO FURTHER ….WHEN YOU CAN STAND UP TO THESE CORPORATE IDIOTS ….AND GIVE US THE TRUTH THEN THIS COUNTRY WILL BE BACK ON TRACK….YOUR SHOW WAS TO BIASSED…..

  6. linda combs
    cincinnati, ohio
    February 18, 2013, 10:27 am

    I am sick. I missed it. American history, The Civil War, add Lincoln are my passion. Does any one know if Killing Lincoln will air again. Or can i purchase the DVD.

    • Meghan Gleason
      February 19, 2013, 10:02 am

      Hi Linda, it will air again this Saturday at 9P.

  7. Robert Jodon
    Perryopolis, Pa.
    February 18, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Well done. This is by far the best work I have ever seen on the Lincoln topic . I am a Civil War reenactor . I play a surgeon . Everything I saw was right on the numbers. The person who made the comment on the miles of Lincoln’s train . The train did not take a direct route to Springfield.

  8. Robert Jodon
    pa.
    February 18, 2013, 12:35 pm

    I did some reading in my books. The train made many stops . Total miles 1,700 . Give or take a few miles . 1654 would be very close to that number . Time Life Books ” The Assassination ( Death Of The President ).

  9. Nila Atkins
    Roseburg, Oregon
    February 18, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Thank you Nat Geo, for having the program Killing Lincoln. It is good to see this kind of program, that Is actually about a time in our history as Americans. I like seeing something on your channel that realates to actual events. There needs to be more of these types of shows, instead of reality programs. This is what you were once known for. Keep these programs comming in the future

  10. Carol Christenson
    Stamford, CT
    February 18, 2013, 4:34 pm

    Very interesting program, especially in the beginning. When the commercials started it was extremely difficult to follow because the commercials were about every 5 minutes. Don’t put as many commercials in shows like this or viewers will stop watching.

  11. Al gabrielli
    Huntington, ny
    February 18, 2013, 5:52 pm

    Wen will national geographic channel rerun “killing Lincoln”?

  12. Gary Dickey
    Colorado
    February 18, 2013, 6:01 pm

    Why is it necessary To have the logo of National Geographic on all the time. Also why is it necessary to show commercials in the lower left hand of the screen during the program. You Already have commercials. This extra on-screen stuff ruins the program.

  13. Judith Staley
    Indianapolis
    February 18, 2013, 10:11 pm

    I thought this was one of the depictions of the assasination of Lincoln I have seen Have not see the movie in theatrs yet. Would like to know if I can get a copy of this and where. I want a copy or live stream narrated by Tom Hanks.

  14. Squibster
    North Carolina
    February 20, 2013, 12:17 pm

    Squibster

    NC
    February 19, 10:41 am 1865
    John Wilkes Booth
    On April 14th, 41 days after his second inauguration, and just 5 days after General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox, President Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth, at Ford’s Theater. He would later die of his injuries. Subsequent allegations that international bankers were responsible for President Lincoln’s assassination would be made in the Canadian House of Commons, nearly 70 years later in 1934.
    The person who revealed this was a Canadian Attorney, Gerald G. McGee. He had obtained evidence deleted from the public record provided to him by Secret Service Agents at the trial of John Wilkes Booth, after Booth’s death. McGee stated that it showed that John Wilkes Booth was a mercenary working for the international bankers. His speech would be reported in an article in the Vancouver Sun, dated, 2nd May 1934, which stated,
    “Abraham Lincoln, the murdered emancipator of the slaves, was assassinated through the machinations of a group representative of the International Bankers, who feared the United States President’s National Credit ambitions. There was only one group in the world at that time that had any reason to desire the death of Lincoln. They were the men opposed to his national currency program and who had fought him throughout the whole Civil War on his policy of Greenback currency.”

    For a complete history of the ‘Money Changers’ please use the link below:

    http://www.iamthewitness.com/books/Andrew.Carrington.Hitchcock/The.History.of.the.Money

  15. Nadine
    February 21, 2013, 11:35 am

    Missed “Killing Lincoln” on TV due to illness. Will it be televised again?

  16. Laurie
    Columbus
    February 25, 2013, 9:03 am

    Okay, so I’m obviously behind the times. I’m so sad that I missed both runs of this movie. Will it be shown again anytime soon?? Thanks!

  17. matt
    March 2, 2013, 1:27 pm

    The movie says Lincoln died on a saturday April 15 1965. That is mathematically incorrect. April 15 is on a Monday this year. 148 years has 37 leap years which totals 185 days to be subtracted. 185 days is 26 weeks 3 days. The 3 days is the key. Subtracting 3 days from from Monday equals a Friday. Unless we skipped 1 leap year, then Lincoln died on a Friday.