WASHINGTON (AP) –  An amateur Virginia historian is denying allegations by the National Archives that he changed the date on a presidential pardon issued by President Abraham Lincoln.

Thomas P. Lowry, 78 of Woodbridge, Va., said Monday that he was pressured by federal agents to confess.

The Archives says Lowry has confessed to using a fountain pen to change the date on a pardon by Lincoln from 1864 to 1865.

The change made it appear that Lowry had discovered a document languishing in the Archives that was likely Lincoln’s final official act before he was assassinated.

Lowry told The Washington Post that he considers the records
sacred and that he’s “a man of honor.”

His wife told the newspaper the change was made by a former Archives staffer – the agency denies that charge.

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