You are right. That and the fact that the north had to improve its cavalry (that was settled by 1863).Grant, Sherman, Meade and Thomas combined with better staffwork with an emphasis on overall strategy. Lincoln (unlike Davis) aggressively fired and demoted generals who messed up major campaigns. Contrast that with Davis having extreme reservations about a John Bell Hood, yet allowing such a incompetent to lead a major action like the Franklin/Nashville campaign (one of the biggest blunders in the history of the Civil War).<quoted text>
Mostly you're talking about Robert E. Lee (and his right arm, Stonewall Jackson). Poor generalship on the part of Northerners prior to the accession of Grant and Sherman to high military leadership positions was the only think keeping the South in the war, really.
And thank goodness they lost, even if some of them ARE still re-living the war to this day....:)
The problem with CSA apologists is that they only like select scenes from Act I, then leave before Act II is over because they don't like the actors or change in plot there (and any number of other excuses for not reviewing it properly).