The opinions and “what if’s” are unending on this topic, but in my opinion, more was done with less by NBF than any other person in any form of command. I personally think the “2nd” and “3rd” places have to go to John Hunt Morgan and John Singleton Mosby. The south’s cavalry commanders were unequaled in the field, capable of tying up, sometimes forcing the complete reversal, of forces over 100x their size. Forrest’s name was feared more than any by war’s end, and for good reason.
Lee whiffed at Gettysburg, but the situation was beyond desperate, and the idea to take the army into the north was reckless and brilliant and was dang near the straw to break the back. If you go, there’s a little gift shop that sells wwjd shirts with stonewall Jackson’s bust on it. He could have made the difference on the knifes edge.