In the preparation of this work it has been the writer's aim to present in it, with historical accuracy, authentic
facts; to be fair and impartial in grouping them; and to be true and just in the conclusions necessarily drawn
from them. While thus striving to be accurate, fair, and just, he has not thought it his duty to mince words, nor
to refrain from "calling things by their right names;" neither has he sought to curry favor, in any quarter, by
fulsome adulation on the one side, nor undue denunciation on the other, either of the living, or of the dead.
But, while tracing...