"Technically, it's a postwar account, not a diary, and needs to be considered in that regard."
This is true, but many of our first person writting about events in the war are postwar accounts. When compared to the history of events we do known, Sgt. Miers accounts seem to logically fill in many of the Historical holes we had in the 2nd Arkansas Battalions History. His tales of his close personal relationship with his commanders not withstanding.
It may be just wishful thinking on my part in attempting to find out just what all my GGgrandfather was involved in in the 2nd Arkansas Battalion and the 3rd Arkansas, But I am willing to accept Sgt Miers account of events, minus his tall tales, until some other more factually acceptable record disprove Sgt. Miers hindsight.