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At a high school in a rural, isolated ranching community, families panic when teens contract a mysterious "kissing disease" that quickly spreads. After Vicksburg fell, in July , there was a mass exodus of deserters from the Confederate Army, including many from Jones and the surrounding counties. The following month, Confederate Maj. Amos McLemore arrived in Ellisville and began hunting them down with soldiers and hounds. By October, he had captured more than deserters, and exchanged threatening messages with Newt Knight, who was back on his ruined farm on the Jasper County border.
Soon afterward, there was a mass meeting of deserters from four Piney Woods counties. They organized themselves into a company called the Jones County Scouts and unanimously elected Knight as their captain. Joel E. Welborn, their former commanding officer in the Seventh Mississippi, later recalled. In March , Lt. Confederate Capt. Wirt Thompson reported that they were now a thousand strong and flying the U. That spring was the high-water mark of the rebellion against the Rebels.
Polk ordered two battle-hardened regiments into southeast Mississippi, under the command of Piney Woods native Col. Robert Lowry. With hanging ropes and packs of vicious, manhunting dogs, they subdued the surrounding counties and then moved into the Free State of Jones.
They were deep in the swamps, being supplied with food and information by local sympathizers and slaves, most notably Rachel. After Lowry left, proclaiming victory, Knight and his men emerged from their hide-outs, and once again, began threatening Confederate officials and agents, burning bridges and destroying railroads to thwart the Rebel Army, and raiding food supplies intended for the troops.
Three months later, the Confederacy fell. In , the filmmaker Gary Ross was at Universal Studios, discussing possible projects, when a development executive gave him a brief, one-page treatment about Newton Knight and the Free State of Jones. Ross was instantly intrigued, both by the character and the revelation of Unionism in Mississippi, the most deeply Southern state of all.
The first thing he did was take a canoe trip down the Leaf River, to get a feel for the area. Then he started reading, beginning with the five now six books about Newton Knight. That led into broader reading about other pockets of Unionism in the South. The beginning of a new month means a TON of awesome titles are hitting your favorite platforms this weekend. Metacritic Reviews.
Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government. Director: Gary Ross. Added to Watchlist. From metacritic.