Historian Thomas Lowry was accused of changing the date on a Lincoln pardon from April 15, 1864 to April 15, 1865, the day Lincoln was assassinated. Fellow TOCWOC blogger Fred Ray wrote a post covering these events and the news cycle surrounding them. Tom Lowry has since come out with a WordPress Blog describing in detail his version of these events, and in the interest of fairness and full disclosure, I wanted to make sure we linked to the blog here. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I must say my first instinct upon hearing the news was disbelief. I’m not entirely sure the National Archives is blameless here or that Dr. Lowry did what he has been accused of. Lowry submitted samples of his handwriting to a certified forensic document examiner, and I’m interested to see the results of this investigation. He at least deserves the benefit of doubt unless some proof of his guilt is found. His allegedly coerced signed confession is the most confusing part of this to me. If I hadn’t done something, no amount of pressure would cause me to sign my name to a confession.
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