The Western Theater, 1861-1863: A Discussion, Part One

Most accounts of the Civil War concentrate on events in the Eastern Theater.  Yet a case could be made (and some historians have made it) that the Civil War was won (and lost) in the West (no, not the trans-Mississippi West … that’s a topic for another time).  So over the next few days I’m going to pose some questions for discussion by all of you.  I’m going to limit this discussion to the years 1861-63; we’ll talk about 1864-65 later.

Today’s question: what was the most decision made/not made in the theater and why?