Re: Historical Accuracy
I too am always looking for original documents and first hand accounts. Of course, every source and document may have errors. The writer may be mistaken, exaggerating, or even lying. Pure human error may result in errors in dates or saying "east" when they mean "west" and the like. First hand accounts give a unique and insightful view of events. The writer is describing their own experience which may be a sliver of the "big picture". They interpret what they saw and use their own conjecure to extrapolate that view into the larger view. When we consider these accounts in light of other available accounts, we hopefully piece together a better understanding of the events.