A maverick, unionist district in the heart of the Old South? A notorious county that seceded from the Confederacy? This is how Jones County, Mississippi, is known in myth and legend.
Legend of the Free State of Jones by Rudy Leverett was the first, authoritative explanation of just what did happen in Jones County in 1864 to give rise to the legend. Originally published in 1984, this book surveys the facts, the records, and the history of the "Free State of Jones" and well may provide the whole story.
Now back in print, the story has captured the imaginations of journalists, historians, essayists, novelists, short story writers, and Hollywood film makers lives on. Legend of the Free State of Jones is now available from UPM.
Keep an eye out for the Free State of Jones movie due out in 2012 from writer/director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville)