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Massacre at the Wall


By Stewart Cohen, P.h.D.


In December of 1862 two great armies, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia, met on an improbably battlefield located in Fredericksburg Virginia half way between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia. The Army of the Potomac, with a huge force of soldiers, hoped to thwart the ambitions of the most successful Southern general in the field, Robert E. Lee. However, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside was not up to the task and his Army suffered a severe defeat.


Other players, from both sides, including the black union spy John Scobell, an agent of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, were on the scene, as well. This book depicts the adventures of John and his associates as they live out the drama and horror of the war at this critical time.

Stewart Cohen, PhD., taught for 36 years, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island.


During his teaching career, he developed a special interest in the American Civil War, especially the men and women who lived during that turbulent era in our nation’s history. Cohen’s research and travels to American battle grounds helped him understand the crucial contributions of black people who had contributed to the war effort. Cohen found that often the involvement of black Americans in the Civil Was had only been footnoted by historians, many barely acknowledged, who had contributed to the war effort.


The stories in this book capture the contributions of those Black Americans as they lived, how their varied roles lead to greater freedom for all people, and the special facets and accomplishments that were characterized by the spirit of their lives.


Stewart Cohen lives in Rhode Island with his wife Joan and her two cats, “Bonita” the Inquisitor and “Timido” the Fearful.

Have you read Stewart's first history  -  Gettysburg: Death at the Angel

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