Passing of Newt Knight

Obituary for Newt Knight, self proclaimed governor of The Free State of Jones

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The following obituary is copied from The Ellisville Progress Newspaper, March 16, 1922.  No changes or corrections made.  It was reprinted in our book Secrets of Historic Deason Home.

A unique character of national repute passed away at his home several miles north of Soso,  Miss., about three weeks ago.  For some unaccountable reason the newspapers failed to hear of his death or else the account of his death would have been given wide publicity.  Newt Knight was about ninety years of age when he died.  His claim to notoriety was due to the fact that he walked off from the Confederate army sometimes after enlisting, and organized a band of deserters which held together until the close.  Capt. Knight and his followers held that after the twenty negro law was passed during the war they had no interest in the fortunes of the Confederacy, and it became their own families, and there was a great deal of truth in their connection.

Note: Newton “Newt” Knight –  born Nov 10, 1829, died Feb 16, 1922 – Buried in the Knight Family Cemetery Jasper County, MS. Dates are as recorded on tombstone.

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