‘Free State of Jones’, A True Civil War Story
The new movie Free State of Jones has brought a Civil war era true story to light and tells a tale of a Mississippi farmer who led a revolt against the Confederacy. This is not a story they tell us in school, but the Smithsonian magazine will tell us the true story.
The story is told in Jones County, Mississippi, where a poor white farmer who led an extraordinary rebellion during the Civil War. With a company of like-minded white men from southern Mississippi they did the unthinkable. Knight waged guerrilla war against the Confederacy and declared loyalty to the Union. In spring of 1864, Knights Company overthrew the Confederacy in Jones County and actually raised the Unites States flag over the county courthouse in Ellisville. The county was known as the free state of Jones, and some say it actually succeeded from the Confederacy. Knight and his men had several hideouts and the Confederates would continue to send in troops but couldn’t destroy the rebellious company. We will see how much of the film sticks to being historical accuracy, but nonetheless I am excited for this film that should be action packed and it also stars Matthew McConaughey as the lead role. The film comes out May 13, 2016.