The State of Jones

The Small Southern County That Seceded from the Confederacy

By Sally Jenkins; John Stauffer
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780767929462, 402pp.)

Publication Date: May 4, 2010

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In 1863, after surviving the devastating Battle of Corinth, Newton Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi, deserted the Confederate Army and began a guerrilla battle against the Confederacy. For two years he and other residents of Jones County engaged in an insurrection that would have repercussions far beyond the scope of the Civil War. In this dramatic account of an almost forgotten chapter of American history, Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer upend the traditional myth of the Confederacy as a heroic and unified Lost Cause, revealing the fractures within Civil-War era Southern society. No man better exemplified these complexities than Newton Knight, a pro-Union sympathizer in the deep South who refused to fight a rich man’s war for slavery and cotton.




About the Author
Veteran sports resporter SALLY JENKINS is the author of "Men Will Be Boys" and coauthor of "Reach for the Summit" and "A Coach's Life" (with Dean Smith). Her work has appeared in "Sports Illustrated, Women's Sports & Fitness", and "The Washington Post".

John Stauffer is Professor of English and American Literature and Language and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
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