I prefer studying the western theater of the civil war because I am familiar with the terrain and my great grandfather fought there. Moving an army through Tennessee in the 1860s must have been a logistical nightmare. One generation before the war Tennessee was, for the most part, wilderness. I have read accounts of Confederate troops nearly starving moving through middle and east Tennessee. Poor soil, few farms and little food was the norm. Has anyone ever studied how the terrain affected the war in the western theater? .