Lincoln is reputed to have said: “It would never do for a President to have guards with drawn sabers at his door, as if he fancied he were . . . an emperor.”

Well, this cavalier attitude about his personal safety proved to be a little foolish. He was nearly killed by a sniper’s bullet while on a horseback trip to the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, D.C. Fortunately, the sniper was only able to punch a whole through Linoln’s stove-pipe hat.

Here’s more information:  First Assassination Attempt and here: Another take on the same event.

More trivia? Lincoln called his horse ‘Old Bob’. Here is a grainy photo of  ‘Old Bob’, wearing a mourning blanket following the Lincoln assassination in 1865:



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