The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy
Sally Jenkins, John Stauffer
No man better exemplified the complexities of Civil-War era Southern society than Newton Knight, whose incredible story is now the subject of a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey. In 1863, after surviving the devastating Battle of Corinth, Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi, deserted the Confederate Army and began a guerrilla battle against the Confederacy. A pro-Union sympathizer in the deep South who refused to fight a rich man’s war for slavery and cotton, for two years he and other residents of Jones County engaged in an insurrection that would have repercussions far beyond the scope of the Civil War. In this dramatic account of an almost forgotten chapter of American history, Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer upend the traditional myth of the Confederacy as a heroic and unified Lost Cause, revealing the fractures within the South.
Water and down a whole bucket, a sleight of hand performed with a rubber bag under the sheet. In Paulding in Jasper County, a former slave named Jane Morgan who lived in a community of freedmen on an old ruined plantation watched as Klansmen kidnapped two of her friends. “Once de Ku Kluxes cum to our place and take two of our niggers off,” she remembered. “We never knowed dey had done nuthin’ but we sho never seen dem niggers no more—no sire we ain’t.” The Klan activity was a response to the.
Newton’s adeptness with a gun was described by his descendant Barbara Blackledge in her interview with the authors, March 28, 2008. 52 chairs in the back: J. M. Knight, address to the Rainey Community Meeting, Lauren Rogers Museum, Laurel, Miss. 52 “round up the corn”: Owsley, Plain Folk of the Old South, p. 113. 52 “call it a fine house”: Thomas J. Knight, in The Life and Activities of Captain Newton Knight, p. 2, describes his father as belonging to a Primitive Baptist congregation. 52.
Amos McLemore became one of the most enthusiastic enlistment officers, opening his recruiting station in an old log house on a local creek, where a line formed of battle-hungry men. “They thought it was big to get the big guns on,” said Maddie Bush, a Jones Countian who became a corporal in the 7th Mississippi Battalion. McLemore’s company of 134 was just the second of eight companies that would come from the area. He dubbed it “The Rosinheels,” a term for the rearing of an eager horse. The.
Incessantly against the town, at one point even attempting to dig his way past it by canal. Grant’s most trusted officers, like Sherman, had questioned the wisdom of his latest campaign: had any part of it failed, the Union army would have been cut off in enemy territory. “I tremble for the result,” Sherman said. “I look upon the whole thing as one of the most hazardous and desperate moves of this or any other war.” But Grant had presided over a series of successful maneuvers. Federal gunboats.
Clothing stained the color of dirt, staggered home from Vicksburg. Deserters swarmed over the state, until in some counties, blacks found that the woods were “so full of runaway white men that there was no room for them.” Grant had made a shrewd decision to accept surrender with parole. As he predicted, the released and disillusioned soldiers became a crisis for the rebel army: a month after Vicksburg fewer than fifteen hundred of thirty thousand had reported for duty. All across the South, in.