These different perspectives of the war are always interesting, even fascinating. The staff and most particulary the volunteers at Stones River present some wonderful programs throughout the year. If folks have not seen them, a day trip or two for these special programs is an inexpensive way to spend a rewarding and fun day while learning more about the history of war and it's local impact.
There is one isolated absolute about the American Civil War everyone seems to miss however. Only one side was going to prevail in the conflict and the South lost the War day Fort Sumter was fired upon. Volumes have been written about the why and how and where with the simple reality being logistics.
The North possessed the population, the industrial capability, the transportation and technology required to wage and win a war. In the South, cotton was king and the king was pretty much useless for the business of waging war. As the war progressed, cotton buyers found other sources and the heart of the Southern economic engine stopped beating.