You're assuming a lot about these journalists. It was Russell's reporting about the logistical problems in the Crimea which caused the reforms - there wasn't much to complain about in the battle outcomes, after all, since those usually saw the British doing quite well - so he was certainly inclined to talk about logistics.True enough. And in most Civil War battles, an observer would see the Confederate infantry performing well especially for their limited numbers. As far as the fighting goes, the Confederates had an advantage. What the journalists did not observe was the vast logistical machine that was growing behind the US land forces. Buying and paying, and running railroad divisions just wasn't very exciting.