Ellisville in Jones County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Newt Knight: Robin Hood or Renegade? / The Amos Deason Home
On October 5, 1863, Major McLemore sat in front of the fire in the comfortable home of Amos Deason. He had been sent from Atlanta to round up a growing number of deserters who hid out in the swamps of Jones County, led by Newt Knight. After the siege of Vicksburg, the number of deserters swelled. The responsibility to round up these men brought the Confederate Major face to face with an enemy as deadly as Yankees. Thus Jones County's personal "civil war" began. This "inner" war of Knight and company versus the Confederacy drew women, children and slaves onto a field of battle that often included their homes. Ethel Knight in her book, Echo of the Black Horn, gives vivid accounts of such deadly skirmishes. Victoria Bynum's book, The Free State of Jones, gives a more scholarly, less vivid account of the event. Whatever his motives or intent, indeed, whether Knight was a Union sympathizer or simply a self-preservationist, both books include accounts of murder and theft by Knight and his followers. On page 108 of Ethel Knight's book we read that Newt and his men, "...often ate food that had been taken from a family or from the supplies of the destitute Confederate soldiers." On the other hand, these Confederates raided homes for food and horses also . Poor people of Jones County! They undoubtedly did want to be free - of Rebels, of Knight and his deserters, and of Yankees.
The house is located at the corner of Deason and Anderson streets, 1.34 miles to the East. It is also known locally as the "Old Anderson" home because of
Location. 31° 36.881′ N, 89° 12.579′ W. Marker is in Ellisville, Mississippi, in Jones County. Marker is at the intersection of Hal Crocker Road and U.S. 29, on the right when traveling west on Hal Crocker Road. Touch for map. Marker is mounted to the wall, on the outside of the store. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1106 MS-29, Ellisville MS 39437, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amos Deason Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jones County Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Skirmish At Rocky Creek (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ralph Boston (approx. 5.3 miles away); Oak Park School (approx. 5.8 miles away); Masonite Corporation (approx. 6.4 miles away); Dr. King Visits Laurel (approx. 6.7 miles away); Hotel Pinehurst (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellisville.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Newton Knight. (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Biography of Newton Knight - Military Leader. (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Wikipedia article on the Amos Deason Home. (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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