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Altering Civil War History
Dear AfriGeneas Writers Forum:
One of America's most venerable institutions is the National Archives. Most of us have either logged onto its free databases or have traveled to Washington to find family history records.
The American Civil War Sesquicentennial will inspire many of us to search for our ancestors' service. After all, where else can you find reliable information?
Not so fast says Kathryn Jorgensen, a journalist for "CIVIL WAR NEWS." She writes, "The National Archives story released Jan. 24 was sensational and quickly spread in print and online — Civil War researcher Dr. Thomas Lowry admitted to altering the date of a Lincoln pardon document at the National Archives."
Are we safe in relying on history obtained from the National Archives? Is Lowry the only person at the NA to play "Loosey Goosey" with
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