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Victoria E. Bynum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627052

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627052.001.0001

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The Free State Turned Upside Down

The Free State Turned Upside Down

Colonel Lowry’s Confederate Raid on Jones County

(p.115) Chapter Six The Free State Turned Upside Down
"The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition"

Victoria E. Bynum

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the effects of the “Lowry Raid”, the best known battle between the Jones County Knight Company and Confederate forces sent to the region to quell desertion. Tracing the Confederacy’s decision in April 1864 to send Colonel Robert Lowry into Jones County, the chapter describes Lowry’s execution of several deserters and his return of others to the Confederate army. The participation of women and children in this confrontation is an important part of the story; so also are continued battles between Confederate and local Union forces in the area. Despite the devastation wreaked by Lowry’s forces and the fleeing of many Knight Company members to New Orleans in the aftermath, Newt Knight and the band’s remaining members remained actively engaged against the Confederacy until war’s end.

Keywords:   Col. Robert Lowry, Lowry’s Raid, Newt Knight, Knight Company, Civil War New Orleans, deserter executions, Southern Unionists, deserter/slave collaboration, deserter/women collaboration

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