Map of the Western Theater of the American Civil War_by Hal Jespersen
At the link above, you will find an exceptional map showing the vast scale of the Western Theater, and the huge distances covered by the victorious Federal armies in the West. The westerners not only decisively defeated Confederate forces in their region, but marched East to capture all of the eastern Confederacy south of Virginia.
Hal Jespersen has created a large number of excellent scholarly maps of battles and campaigns of the American Civil War. You can explore them all at the link in the resource section of this blog page.
Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief
Written by James M. McPherson, this is the first history to examine Lincoln as a military commander, and the interaction between the Army (and Navy), policy and politics.
It takes a national (and international) view of Lincoln as war commander. For students of the War in the West, it shows the importance of that region as the Theater where the war was won (and lost). It also follows Lincoln’s long search for a commander who could manage the (Eastern) Army of the Potomac. In the end, McPherson shows that it was in the West that Lincoln found the men to lead the Eastern army, and ensure that the two main Federal forces (the Army of the Potomac and the “Military Division of the Mississippi” finally worked in concert.
Understandable to the newcomer, and enjoyable to the veteran scholar.
Available in most public libraries.