Shelby Foote (November 17, 1916 – June 27, 2005) was an author and historian of the American Civil War. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Foote left college early to enlist in the US Army in 1940. After the war he worked as a journalist, and wrote historical fiction, before becoming a historian specialising in the Civil War period. He wrote a 3000 page three volume history. He was well known to the public from his appearance in Ken Burns' documentary series.
People make a grievous error thinking that a list of facts is the truth. Facts are just the bare bones out of which truth is made.
I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value.