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The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy Paperback – May 4, 2010
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—The Boston Globe
“Lively. . . . Jenkins and Stauffer bring historical contexts to life and offer provocative interpretations.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Moving and powerful. . . . An important story that personalizes what remains abstract and counterintuitive in much of our received history of the Civil War, even as we approach its 150th anniversary.”
—The Washington Post
“Informed. . . . Impressive. . . . The saga is related in fascinating detail.”
—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Just when you thought you had heard it all about the Civil War, along comes this astonishing tale of rebellion within the heart of rebel territory. This is a riveting and memorable read about resistance, courage, love and, most of all, the long trail of justice and injustice in the American South. I couldn’t put it down.”
“Jenkins and Stauffer have brought fresh attention to a little-known and interesting sidebar of Civil War history.”
—Wall Street Journal
“Fascinating. . . . The book fittingly combines crisp narrative with exhaustive historical context. . . . Jenkins and Stauffer succeed in telling the complex history of the Civil War, and its disastrous Reconstruction aftermath, through the steely eyes of this crusty old man.”
“A richly detailed, riveting and revealing account of this long-forgotten rebellion within a rebellion.”
“History at its finest and most captivating. The documentation is meticulous, yet this gem of a book reads like a novel, with a revelation at every turn. Jenkins and Stauffer have proved once again that the real history of this country is far more complex and fascinating than the prevailing mythology.”
—David Maraniss, author of They Marched Into Sunlight and When Pride Still Mattered
“Exceedingly readable and informative.”
“Jenkins and Stauffer dug deep into state and military records to spin this fascinating yarn, and their bibliography is augmented by extensive (and intriguing) notes. . . . The State of Jones is a treasure. It’s a window into an obscure corner of Mississippi’s history and an account that further challenges myths of a South unified behind a ‘glorious’ cause.”
“Jenkins and Stauffer tell the fascinating tale of an unforgettable figure. . . . They follow the Knight family’s extraordinary lives over the course of six decades and in the process open a window onto a forgotten corner of the American landscape.”
—Philip B. Kunhardt III, co-author of Looking for Lincoln
“Here is the Civil War as it really was. You can’t fully know America’s epic until you’ve read this powerful book.”
—David Von Drehle, author of Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
“Highly recommended to Civil War aficionados. . . . The story is quite intriguing and will keep the reader looking forward to the next page.”
“Jones and Stauffer tell this story with verve and insight, providing a richly detailed, dramatic narrative that is a valuable contribution to the historical literature.”
—James Simon, author of Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney
“An entertaining, informative book about a courageous group of Southerners clearly ahead of their time. It offers a refreshing look at the issues surrounding the Civil War, and some delightful surprises for even the most knowledgeable history buff.”
“Gripping. . . . Lively. . . . [Knight’s] story is sad but fascinating, a little known chapter in the history of the Deep South. Jenkins and Stauffer tell it well.”
—The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
“A marvelous story of loyalty and treason, race and blood, war and peace. The State of Jones is as compelling as it is unlikely, a tale of insurrection that illuminates the larger insurrection of our Civil War.”
—Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn
“In The State of Jones, Jenkins and Stauffer locate the real Civil War—and the story of our greatest national trial—in all of its specificity and moral complexity. . . . Their intuition about why history of this kind matters is unfailing.”
—Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars
About the Author
John Stauffer is chair and professor of the History of American Civilization at Harvard University and the award-winning author of The Black Hearts of Men and other books on the Civil War era, including Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Books such as 'The South vs The South' by William W. Freeling and 'Bitterly Divided, the South's Inner Civil War' by David Williams, are excellent book, which greatly elaborates this topic (and should be read by every student of the Civil War & history enthusiast). https://www.amazon.com/South-Vs-Anti-Confederate-Southerners-Shaped-ebook/dp/B004K6LHDE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467040832&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Southern+vs+the+south
The inept leadership from officers who had bought their commissions, marching them back and forth in endless, meaningless marches that exhausted them before any battles were engaged. And watching these officers living comfortably while the troops were forced to eat little but corn and fatback and to drink water from local streams that made them very sick.
Some of them were paroled after the surrender of Vicksburg but their oaths of honor to return home and not fight meant nothing to the officers of the Army of the Confederacy and they were forced back into service.
This book covers the tactics of both the Union and Confederate armies and the guerrilla war conducted behind the lines by the racially integrated battalions of the Free Men of Jones and is an excellent introduction to the story. The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy
That said it is not the battles that are so interesting. One can really get a sense of what it was like in the south during the war. I have seldom read an account of wartime that seems so real.
this book is a joy to read and i was actually taking my time finishing because it was so much fun to read. One of the best books i have ever read.
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The last point is very important, because you'll realize that, even if the North won the War, the South still carried afterward an enormous, overwhelming political weight. In fact, it was business as usual with the complicit blessing of Andrew Johnson.
An enlightning read that will open some eyes about the North apparent "victory".