The Stone's River The Turning Point of the Civil War was written by Wilson J Vance who was the son of Wilson J Vance who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in which he put his life at risk to save the life of a fellow soldier. I live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where the battle was fought. One day at the battlefield visitor center I met a descendant of Wilson J Vance. He told me about his great grandfather and the book written about the battle. While we were talking we noticed a plaque on the wall of the museum listing the names of all the men who won the Congressional Medal of Honor at Stone's River. Unfortunately the national park service had his name wrong and listed as William Vance not Wilson Vance. Because of this mistake I became quite interested in this man and started to investigate. I found out that he was very intelligent and dedicated to the Union. I recommend the book because it explains the importance of the Battle of Stone's River (or the Battle of Murfreesboro to the south). This battle's timing with events taking place with England and France and the Emancipation Proclamation truly was the most pivotal battle of the Civil War. Stone's River has never received the study and recognition of importance it deserves. I believe this is due to the fact that the names Lee, Grant and Serman were absent.