We should begin by puttingthis into perspective.Thomas P. Lowry is ahistorian who wasrecently caught by the National Archivesdoing somethingthat he shouldn't have done.It's a little more than a pieceof technical writing goneawry. It's a clumsy forgery , albeit, one that took a little too longto uncover.
In 1998, Mr. Lowry took an ink pen and changed the date on adocumentthat pardoned aUnion Army soldier for the crime of
desertion. Well, he did a little more than that. In order to comeup with a hook for a Civil War book that he now realized he could write, he changed the document to make it look like it was signedon the day of Lincoln's assassination, fundamentally altering thecontext of that day in American history .
Not only that, but Mr. Lowry went to the media with hisdiscovery. My question is, how did this glaringly obvious forgery slip past the archivists?