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 was a Confederate deserter who led a guerrilla group that supported the Union during the US Civil War, creating the “Free State of Jones” in Jones County, Mississippi.

NEWTON KNIGHT

NEWTON KNIGHT

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. Local legends state that Knight and his men attempted to form the "Free State of Jones" in the area around Jones County, Mississippi, at the height of the war.

Shortly after the Siege of Vicksburg, Jones County resident Newton Knight formed the Knight Company and waged his own war on the Confederate Army.

Newton Knight’s Jones County Today

Subject of the upcoming film "The Free State of Jones," Mississippi's Newton Knight is remembered in his home of Jones County as both a hero and a scoundrel.

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

Sally Jenkins, The State of Jones: The Small Southern County That Seceded from the Confederacy

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/

We pit the Free State of Jones movie vs. the true story of Newton Knight, Rachel, wife Serena and the Civil War Knight Company.

Newton Knight, portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in Free State of Jones movie. Read 'Free State of Jones: History vs. Hollywood' - http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/free-state-of-jones/

We pit the Free State of Jones movie vs. the true story of Newton Knight, Rachel, wife Serena and the Civil War Knight Company.

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