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President Abraham Lincoln and the Date Forgery

Abraham Lincoln Revisionist and pro-Northern Bias at National Archives
Forged, Fabricated, and Falsified: The Date Change Document!

Press Release
January 24, 2011
Washington, DC
 
Well-known pro-Lincoln revisionist and pro-Union author Thomas Lowry, while at the National Archives, confesses to altering Lincoln document. Altering is a nice way of saying that Lowry took a primary document that had been preserved for 150 years and destroyed it.
 
National Archives discovers "Date Change on Lincoln Record," and long-time Lincoln researcher and well-known author and pro-Northerner, Thomas P. Lowry, plead guilty.
 
Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, announced today that Thomas Lowry, a long-time Lincoln researcher from Woodbridge, VA, confessed on January 12, 2011, to altering an Abraham Lincoln Presidential pardon that is part of the permanent records of the U.S. National Archives. The pardon was for Patrick Murphy, a Civil War soldier in the Union Army who was court-martialed for desertion.
 
Lincoln revisionist Lowry admitted to changing the date of Murphy’s pardon, written in Lincoln’s hand, from April 14, 1864, to April 14, 1865, the day John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Having changed the year from 1864 to 1865, Lowry was then able to claim that this pardon was of significant historical relevance because it could be considered one, if not the final, official act by President Lincoln before his assassination.
 
Forger Thomas P. Lowry (aka Mr. Fraud) spent 10 years in the Archives, 5 days a week, accessing and reading the hand-written records. How many additional documents did Lowry forge, fabricate, falsify, and destroy? The answer will most likely never be known. But, one thing is certain, the winner really does write the history - even when it's a blatant lie. (See also What Caused the Civil War? pro-Lincoln Revisionist James McPherson v. President Abraham Lincoln.)

When you find one roach, you don't have to look too far to find more.
 
The matter was referred to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution; however the Department of Justice informed the National Archives that the statute of limitations had expired, and therefore Lowry could not be prosecuted. The National Archives, however, has permanently banned him from all of its facilities and research rooms.
 
“I am very grateful to Archives staff member Trevor Plante and the Office of the Inspector General for their hard work in uncovering this criminal intention to rewrite history."
 
Pro-Lincoln Revisionist (aka pro-Union Revisionist) Lowry has brought reproach upon himself and has strengthened the general public mistrust of academic history. (See pro-Lincoln Revisionist James McPherson.)

President Abraham Lincoln "Forgery Date"
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Lincoln Revisionist and "Forgery Change" Record

President Abraham Lincoln Forgery Date
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Lincoln Revisionist Record Date Change

(Left) Close up of altered date and Abraham Lincoln “A. Lincoln” signature from a President Lincoln pardon for Patrick Murphy, a Civil War soldier in the Union Army. (Right) Close up of the altered date: Long-time Lincoln researcher Thomas Lowry admitted to changing the date of Murphy’s pardon, written in Lincoln’s hand, from April 14, 1864 to April 14, 1865. Records of the Judge Advocate General (Army) National Archives.

President Abraham Lincoln Date Change and Forgery
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Pro-Lincoln Revisionist, aka Lincoln Forger

(Above) President Lincoln pardon for Patrick Murphy, a Civil War soldier in the Union Army who was court-martialed for desertion. Records of the Judge Advocate General (Army) National Archives.

In 1998, Lowry was recognized in the national media for his “discovery” of the Murphy pardon, which was placed on exhibit in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Lowry subsequently cited the altered record in his book, Don’t Shoot That Boy: Abraham Lincoln and Military Justice, published in 1999. Subsequently, innumerable pro-Lincoln historians and authors relied heavily upon the "Murphy Date" as a primary source and as additional proof to corroborate the deified image of the compassionate Father Abraham.
 
Professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr., author of the bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, has a dissenting view regarding so-called Father Abraham and Honest Abe:
"The First, Second, Ninth, and Tenth amendments [to the Constitution] and States' Rights have been unlawfully trampled upon by the federal government since the early days of the republic." Woods continues: "The Civil War was not principally about slavery, and Abraham Lincoln was no friend to the slaves." Thomas E Woods, Jr., holds an AB from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He teaches American History, is the associate editor of The Latin Mass Magazine, and is a prolific essayist on historical subjects. He lives with his family in Coram, New York.
 
In making the announcement regarding the Lincoln date change, the Archivist said, “I am very grateful to Archives staff member Trevor Plante and the Office of the Inspector General for their hard work in uncovering this criminal intention to rewrite history. The Inspector General’s Archival Recovery Team has proven once again its importance in contributing to our shared commitment to secure the nation’s historical record.”
 
National Archives archivist Trevor Plante reported to the National Archives Office of Inspector General that he believed the date on the Murphy pardon had been altered: the “5” looked like a darker shade of ink than the rest of the date and it appeared that there might have been another number under the “5”. Investigative Archivist Mitchell Yockelson of the Inspector General’s Archival Recovery Team (ART) confirmed Plante’s suspicions.
 
Lowry is one fine example of pro-Lincoln revisionism and "how" and "why" history books, to many, have become a venue for biases and personal agendas. It also reinforces the oft asked question: Is it, what I am reading, trustworthy, fair, balanced, and historically accurate? After all, Lowry had forged and altered a "primary document."
 
In an effort to determine who altered the Murphy pardon, the Office of the Inspector General contacted Lowry, a recognized Lincoln subject-matter expert, for assistance. Lowry initially responded, but when he learned the basis for the contact, communication to the Office of Inspector General ceased.
 
On January 12, 2011, Lowry ultimately agreed to be interviewed by the Office of the Inspector General’s special agent Greg Tremaglio. In the course of the interview, Lowry admitted to altering the Murphy pardon to reflect the date of Lincoln’s assassination in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2071. Against National Archives regulations, Lowry brought a fountain pen into a National Archives research room where, using fadeproof, pigment-based ink, he altered the date of the Murphy pardon in order to change its historical significance.
 
In the New York Times, Harold Holzer acknowledges and admonishes his fellow Lincoln Historians and Worshippers: “Shame on all of us in the Lincoln studies profession for accepting it [Lowry's book] without question.”
 
This matter was referred to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution; however the Department of Justice informed the National Archives that the statute of limitations had expired, and therefore Lowry could not be prosecuted. The National Archives, however, has permanently banned him from all of its facilities and research rooms.
 
Lowry, according to his biographical sketch, claims to have practiced medicine as both physician and psychiatrist for forty years, but did he really? If so, was he qualified in either practice? By altering a primary document at the National Archives, Lowry, also, has now placed his entire life under the microscope.
 
Inspector General Paul Brachfeld expressed his tremendous appreciation for the work of Plante and the Inspector General’s Archival Recovery Team in resolving this matter. Brachfeld added that “the stated mission of ART is ‘archival recovery,’ and while the Murphy pardon was neither lost or stolen, in a very real way our work helped to ‘recover’ the true record of a significant period in our collective history.”
At a later date, National Archives conservators will examine the document to determine whether the original date of 1864 can be restored by removing the “5”.
 
Another Lincoln worshipper and idolater, Allen Guelzo, receives egg on face. Guelzo goes so far as to refer to Lincoln, in Lowry's fraudulent work, Don’t Shoot That Boy: Abraham Lincoln and Military Justice, as "compassionate Father Abraham."
 
Author of numerous books that also consecrate and apotheosize Lincoln, Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Dean of Templeton Honors College at Eastern College:
"The question of whether Lincoln really was the compassionate Father Abraham could only be settled by hard data, something which none of Lincoln’s biographers seem to have known where to find. Thomas Lowry did. A retired northern Virginia psychiatrist, Lowry worked through 37,000 Civil War-era army courts-martial records in the National Archives, and discovered that 792 of them bore a notation or endorsement by Lincoln, most of which were not itemized by Roy P. Basler’s standard Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953). These cases became Lowry’s statistical index to Lincoln’s compassion."

Conclusion
 
Lowry is one fine example of revisionism and "how" and "why" history books, to many, have become a venue for biases and personal agendas. It also reinforces the oft asked question: Is it, what I am reading, trustworthy, fair, balanced, and historically accurate? After all, Lowry had forged a "primary document."
 
Why does one revise and rewrite history? What does one hope to accomplish and achieve? When one acts there is always motive. Why did Lowry, and perhaps hundreds of pro-Lincoln revisionists, rewrite and even destroy historical documents? There is motive of personal gain and fame, i.e., book deal(s), signings, and speaking engagements; the ability to control, to change and mold, something to fit what one feels so passionate about; the opportunity to make a wrong a right; the means to justify the end or end result; and of course, to continue feeding the insatiable Lincoln worshippers with - the ever prevalent image of the deified LINCOLN.
 
Lowry, according to his biographical sketch, claims to have practiced medicine as both physician and psychiatrist for forty years, but did he really? If so, was he qualified in either practice?
 
Regardless, where there is one roach then there are many more. Lowry is just one roach that got caught while the infestation continues growing daily. One got caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar, while there are perhaps hundreds, even thousands, at large.
 
Lowry is the classic example of revisionism - which James McPherson wholeheartedly embraces - and how history, to many, has become a joke. We have all heard many times how the winner writes the history, well, Lowry and so many others prove the case.
 
And one may only imagine how many additional Lincoln documents that forger Lowry and numerous other pro-Northern revisionists, through the many years, forged, falsified, fabricated, and destroyed. Why? To keep Lincoln's monikers alive and well: Honest Abe, Saint Abe, Father Abraham, Lincoln the Emancipator, Great Lincoln, Great Emancipator, Great Liberator, and Uncle Abe. So the next time you hear someone say Honest Abe or the Great Emancipator, ask yourself is it really historically accurate? No winners here. A Lincoln document of 150 years has been destroyed.

Biographical Sketch of Thomas P. Lowry

I am a product of northern California -- beaches, high Sierras, high school in the East Bay, plane spotting in World War II, seven years at Stanford. Starting in 1957, I was a physician and psychiatrist -- an always interesting life -- in California and New Mexico, publishing several very dull medical books. Around 1995, with my wife Beverly, we began reading the Civil War records of misbehavior at the National Archives. Just like today's tabloids, only wilder. We found that high school history left out all the interesting stuff.
 
As you can see from my titles, I don't do battles or famous generals or comment on grand strategy. We do "human interest" stories (all true) of men terrified in combat, of women who miss having their men in bed, of abused horses, of loyal friends, of political conniptions, and of the surprisingly ubiquity of prostitution. And little byways: Was Lincoln gay? Why were so many of his bodyguards drunks? Was Robert E. Lee's favorite ranger just a horse thief?
 
So, I retired from scuba diving (damaged ears), and from medicine (forty years is enough), and I'm having a great time. About my books -- I don't think you'll find a boring one.

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From the Inside Flap: Everything well, almost everything you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not: Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. Professor Woods reveals facts that you won't be or never were taught in school, tells you about the "Books You're Not Supposed to Read," and takes you on a fast-paced politically incorrect tour of American history that will give you all the information you need to battle and confound left-wing professors, neighbors, and friends. About the Author: Professor Thomas E. Woods Jr. holds an AB from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He teaches American History, is the associate editor of The Latin Mass Magazine, and is a prolific essayist on historical subjects. He lives with his family in Coram, New York.

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