I learned long ago that movies are about entertainment. Movie makers want to tell an engaging story and evoke emotions. If you want facts and truth, look elsewhere. It will be interesting to see what Hollywood does with this story. At the very least, it may make people curious enough to look more deeply into the subject…



I can’t think of many Hollywood movies of the Civil War which have been either accurate or particularly meaningful. What historian Gary Gallagher called “the feminist anti-war movie” Cold Mountain may have been the worst of recent vintage. Or maybe I’m just hard to please.

Well, Los Angeles is going to take another shot (so to speak) at it with a new flicker about (perhaps) how the Civil War divided not only contemporary families but the entire State of Mississippi, as well, as signified by defiant, Union-loving Jones County.

Deadline.com and Variety Magazine have announced that the long anticipated movie ‘Free State of Jones’ is the works—just eight years after Universal Studios bought the rights to my book from the University of North Carolina Press,” writes historian Victoria Bynum.

“This being the movies, I won’t likely see the [renegade leader] Newt Knight that I ‘know,’ but I do…

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