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"The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition": Mississippi's Longest Civil War

Victoria E. Bynum


Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River, where they declared their loyalty to the U.S. government, armed themselves, and battled against the Confederacy. Adding further controversy to the story is Newt Knight's interracial romance with his wartime accomplice, Rachel, a slave. From their relationship there developed a mixed-race community that endured ... More

Keywords: American slavery, Southern yeomanry, Confederate deserters, Southern Unionists, interracial communities, class politics, gender politics, racial segregation, Lost Cause history, miscegenation laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627052
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria E. Bynum, author