During the Civil War, some Mississippi soldiers decided they didn’t want to fight for the Confederacy. The anti-Confederate rebellion in Jones County was led by Newton Knight, who opposed slavery and secession. In the spring of 1864, the Knight Company overthrew the Confederate authorities in Jones County and raised the United States flag over the county courthouse in Ellisville. The county was known as the Free State of Jones, and some say it actually seceded from the Confederac...

During the Civil War, some Mississippi soldiers decided they didn’t want to fight for the Confederacy. The anti-Confederate rebellion in Jones County was led by Newton Knight, who opposed slavery and secession. In the spring of 1864, the Knight Company overthrew the Confederate authorities in Jones County and raised the United States flag over the county courthouse in Ellisville. The county was known as the Free State of Jones, and some say it actually seceded from the Confederac...

Newton Knight - Civil War Figure. He deserted from the Confederate Army and staged a Unionist rebellion that featured African-American and white residents of Jones County, Mississippi against the Confederacy in 1864 and 1865. They set up what was called the "Free State of Jones".

Newton Knight - Civil War Figure. He deserted from the Confederate Army and staged a Unionist rebellion that featured African-American and white residents of Jones County, Mississippi against the Confederacy in 1864 and 1865. They set up what was called the "Free State of Jones".

True Story of Newton Knight - Reel vs. Real - Hollywood vs. History

True Story of Newton Knight - Reel vs. Real - Hollywood vs. History

Newton Knight (November 1837 – February 16, 1922) was an American farmer, soldier and Southern Unionist, best known as the leader of the Knight Company, a band of Confederate Army deserters that turned against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Knight has long been a controversial figure. This controversy was fueled in part by Knight's common-law marriage to a former slave, which effectively established a small mixed-race community in southeastern Mississippi.

Newton Knight (November 1837 – February 16, 1922) was an American farmer, soldier and Southern Unionist, best known as the leader of the Knight Company, a band of Confederate Army deserters that turned against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Knight has long been a controversial figure. This controversy was fueled in part by Knight's common-law marriage to a former slave, which effectively established a small mixed-race community in southeastern Mississippi.

Newton Knight and Matthew McConaughey as Knight in the Free State

Newton Knight and Matthew McConaughey as Knight in the Free State

Another interesting family history story of Newton Knight's daughter Ana Knight  how she & Newt Knight built first interrelations schools in the south.

Another interesting family history story of Newton Knight's daughter Ana Knight how she & Newt Knight built first interrelations schools in the south.

Rachel Knight of Laurel, Missippi - Read book or see movie on "The Free State of Jones"

Rachel Knight of Laurel, Missippi - Read book or see movie on "The Free State of Jones"

Newton Knight and Matthew McConaughey as Knight in the Free State of Jones Civil War movie. Read 'Free State of Jones: History vs. Hollywood' - http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/free-state-of-jones/

Newton Knight and Matthew McConaughey as Knight in the Free State of Jones Civil War movie. Read 'Free State of Jones: History vs. Hollywood' - http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/free-state-of-jones/

During the height of the United States Civil War a deserter from the Confederate Army led a county is Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy.

During the height of the United States Civil War a deserter from the Confederate Army led a county is Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy.

Newton Knight and the Legend of the Free State of Jones | Mississippi History Now

Newton Knight and the Legend of the Free State of Jones | Mississippi History Now

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