13278Re: Personal Story Relating to Free State of Jones
- Aug 1, 2002Ugh.
Have you read the new book out on the Free State of Jones?
--- In civilwarwest@y..., "slippymississippi"
> I have a friend whose oral family history includes a tale of his
> grandfather, a man up in years, who tried to stay out ofthat "damned
> Confederate War" but was conscripted into the 6th Mississippifrom
> Infantry. He joined the unit, got in a couple of scrapes, then
> showed up back at the house in early 1863 in time for planting
> season. Early the next year, two guys showed up at the door and
> asked to see him in private. Minutes later, a gunshot rang out
> down the road and he was never seen from again.deserted
> Out of curiosity, I looked up his service record and regimental
> history. His history closely parallels that of Newt Knight, leader
> of the Free State of Jones. He was conscripted in 1862. He
> after passage of the "20 Negro Law," got captured and sent back toMississippi
> his unit, and escaped again just before the Vicksburg Campaign.
> In early 1864, Grant and Sherman's destruction in central
> had left much of the area in chaos and open rebellion against theas
> Confederate government. The 6th Mississippi Infantry Regiment (my
> friend's GGG-Grandfather's own regiment) was dispatched to Raleigh
> a summary execution squad tasked with hunting down and destroyingthe
> rebels of the Free State of Jones. So it appears that my friend'sfrom
> GGG-Grandfather was summarily executed by friends and neighbors
> his own regiment as part of the sweep to eliminate the insurgencyin
> central Mississippi.
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