Beyond the struggle for survival in battle, the Wilderness forced Michael Palmer, the protagonist in my novel, An Eye for Glory, to face the dark reality of how the war was changing him.
The death of Stonewall Jackson was caused by men under his own command and need not have happened. It was a loss the Confederacy never recovered from.
The Battle of Chancellorsville was the high point of the war for the Confederacy and perhaps the low point for the Union. Defeat caused leadership changes in the Army of the Potomac, and growing frustration and even anger within the ranks.