It’s been exactly a month since the National Archives announced that Thomas P. Lowry had confessed to altering the date on a Lincoln document so as to make it appear that the president signed the document on April 14, 1865, hours before John Wilkes Booth shot him at Ford’s Theater. You’ll remember that Lowry recanted his confession. The story would have gone away had it not been for a certain historian’s commentary on the piece in the New York Times. There were people who were astonished by the report of Lowry’s behavior, and there were some people who stood up for him.
I came away from the events of that week thinking that there remained some unfinished business, and that we had not heard the last of the story. For all the attention directed at Lowry, and all the gnashing of teeth and pointing of fingers that followed, questions remained in my mind about the role of the National Archives in the story. Every once in a while I’d conduct a search to see if something else had appeared. I had reason to believe the story had not gone completely cold.
Now, thanks to Daniel Sauerwein’s blog (he picked it up from Brett Schulte on TOCWOC), I have learned that Dr. Lowry has issued his own statement, offering far more detail than before, on a single entry blog (at least it is single entry to date). People who carefully follow the comments section on this blog know that he posted here once in relation to one of the other April 14, 1865 pardons (and now, if one clicks his name, one comes to what comes next).