Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Never mind, I'm here now

Yes I know. Just be glad I'm back. I want to share a book with you. This one is nonfiction.


The State of Jones
by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer


By following the life of a yeoman farmer, this book tells the true story of Jones County Mississippi before, during and after the Civil War. A seventy page bibliography pays tribute to the immense amount of research that was required to piece together the life and times of Newton Knight and his family. Newton Knight did not own slaves and did not believe in slavery. He was one of many within his county who were against secession. Fighting it politically was impossible. Fighting for the Confederacy was required, but bitterly distasteful. He deserted and became leader of a group that unofficially served the Union, from deep in Rebel territory. They disrupted the Confederacy and helped in its defeat. This is a brutal description of the hard times endured by soldiers and civilians, alike, during that period. The writing is exceptional and the story is riveting.

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