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 and Matthew McConaughey as Knight in the Free State

Newton Knight and Matthew McConaughey as Knight in the Free State

Newsclip® Newton Knight and the Free State of Jones

Newsclip® Newton Knight and the Free State of Jones

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.

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.

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/

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.

Descargar fondos de pantalla El Estado Libre de Jones, 2016, Matthew McConaughey, Newton Caballero

Descargar fondos de pantalla El Estado Libre de Jones, 2016, Matthew McConaughey, Newton Caballero

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.

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