[vii] THE author of this series has made it his special object to confine himself very strictly, even in the most
minute details which he records, to historic truth. The narratives are not tales founded upon history, but
history itself, without any embellishment, or any deviations from the strict truth so far as it can now be
discovered by an attentive examination of the annals written at the time when the events themselves occurred.
In writing the narratives, the author has endeavored to avail himself of the best sources of information which
this country affords; and though, of course, there must be in these volumes, as in all historical accounts,
more or less of imperfection and error, there is no intentional embellishment. Nothing is stated, not even the
most minute and apparently
[viii] imaginary details, without what was deemed good historical authority. The readers,
therefore, may rely upon the record as the truth, and nothing but the truth, so far as an honest purpose and a
careful examination have been effectual in ascertaining it.