The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy

By Sally Jenkins, John Stauffer

No guy higher exemplified the complexities of Civil-War period Southern society than Newton Knight, whose outstanding tale is now the topic of a tremendous movie starring Matthew McConaughey. In 1863, after surviving the devastating conflict of Corinth, Knight, a negative farmer from Mississippi, abandoned the accomplice military and commenced a guerrilla conflict opposed to the Confederacy. A pro-Union sympathizer within the deep South who refused to struggle a wealthy man’s conflict for slavery and cotton, for 2 years he and different citizens of Jones County engaged in an rebellion that may have repercussions some distance past the scope of the Civil warfare. during this dramatic account of a nearly forgotten bankruptcy of yankee heritage, Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer upend the normal fantasy of the Confederacy as a heroic and unified misplaced reason, revealing the fractures in the South.

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Mathews to Rep. Legrand W. Perce, Ellisville leave out. December eight, 1870, Accompanying Papers, H. R. 1814, Newton Knight dossier, list staff 233, field sixteen, NARA. 204 “new repeatin’ rifles”: Frost, “The South’s Strangest military published by way of leader. ” 205 captured males in irons: Letter from B. A. Mathews to Rep. L. W. Perce, December eight, 1870, Accompanying Papers, H. R. 1814, Newton Knight dossier, list team 233, field sixteen, NARA. 205 Colonel William N. Brown: April thirteen, 1864, Lowry to Jack, OR, sequence 1, vol. fifty two, half 2, pp. 657-58; may well five, 1864, Letter from Col.

133 “I can cease that”: Leverett, The Legend of the unfastened nation of Jones, pp. 6465; Bynum, notes on interviews with Earle Knight, grandson of William Knight, who was once cousin to Newton and a member of the Knight band, in addition to a Union soldier, June 28-30, 1994, Mississippi Oral background undertaking, college of Southern Mississippi; Knight, The Echo of the Black Horn (1951; reprint, Ellisville, omit. , 1976), p. 166. 133 the impolite farmhouses: Bynum, The loose nation of Jones, p. sixty seven; Leverett, The Legend of the loose nation of Jones, pp.

Counting on what the nation-state provided, they might increase their meal with foraged box peas or onions, or fruit plundered from orchards. a favourite recipe was once “cush,” a stew made up of pork, bacon grease, water, crumbled cornbread, and mashed eco-friendly apples. yet occasionally that they had not anything yet dry bread and musky red meat, which they roasted in strips at the ramrods from their weapons. As one Mississippi captain in one other regiment mentioned, “The self-discipline of the troop will be promoted by means of a extra ordinary factor of rations.

She wielded the heavy ax herself, yoked the animals, and drove the heavy plow. evening introduced no reduction from paintings, for as soon as the kids have been asleep she sat up overdue on the spinning wheel, or shelled corn, or darned and laundered their fraying outfits. Her continuous actual exhaustion used to be compounded via anxieties—over what climate may well do to her meager vegetation, no matter if she will be capable of feed and dress the kids for an additional month, even if Newton may come domestic adequately. issues started to put on out, without method to exchange them.

119 “dear to each guy within the regiment”: OR, complement, half 2, vol. 33, p. 598. Walter Rorer was once promoted progressively in the course of the struggle from captain to lieutenant-colonel. 119 “now worthy nothing”: Walter A. Rorer to his cousin Susan, June thirteen, 1863, Civil warfare assortment, MHI, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. a hundred and twenty “our loved kingdom is bleeding”: Walter A. Rorer to his cousin Susan, August 25, 1863, Civil struggle assortment, MHI, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. 121 “given to the flames”: OR, sequence 1, vol. 24, half 2, p. 517. 121 Her continuous actual exhaustion: Bell Irvin Wiley, the obvious humans of the Confederacy (Baton Rouge: Louisiana kingdom college Press, 1944), pp.

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