5286Re: [TalkAntietam] re Sorrel's wounding at Antietam and "Battery Longstreet"
- Jan 9, 2009When I write, I like to take note of such inconsistencies, either in a
footnote or in the text itself. I might still use the quote, but with a caveat.
It also gives you the chance to check on the historical accuracy of the
original observer - could he see what he said he saw?
That's the historian's job, to sort out the wheat from the chaff. I know I
can string together dozens of quotes from other battles that directly
contradict each other - but that would make for a very confusing narrative.
In a message dated 1/9/2009 11:33:33 A.M. Central Standard Time,
While that might be the case, it could also be an exaggeration
written by the historical observer instead.
I'm not big on Priest's books, but I wouldn't be too quick to drop
this at his feet.
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