09 January 2016

Free State of Jones - First Look

I'm really looking forward to seeing this film. A rebellion within a rebellion. What irony.

"No man oughta tell another man what he's gotta live for or what he's gotta die for." ~ Newton Knight 

The first look seems to indicate a rather libertarian worldview and a "rich man, poor man" interpretation of the WBTS. Interesting.


BorderRuffian said...

Hollywood history.

I doubt the character portrayed by McConaughey will bear any resemblance to the real Newt Knight. How will they handle his volunteering for the Confederate army (not once, but twice)?
It appears they are going to paint him as some sort of idealistic crusader. Scoundrel and plain old deserter would be more accurate.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I'm not familiar with the story in any detail, so I'm not going to comment much. I do find the libertarian slant a bit ironic, given the whole context.

Michael Bradley said...

I am somewhat familiar with the Free State of Jones. There was also a Free State of Winston in Alabama and a Free State of Scott in Tennessee. None of them amounted to much as far as sources of resistance to the C.S.

Jones County was in the area commanded by Bedford Forrest from 1864 until the end of the war. Forrest consistently rounded up deserters and draft dodgers and sent them to the main C.S. forces. He also made sure forage and supplies were collected from his area of command and sent to the Army of Tennessee. If the Free State of Jones had been a matter of major concern, Ole Bedford would have attended to the matter. As it is, Jones, and the other "free states", are historical curiosities.

Good fodder for Hollywood but not much else.