Very little has been told and much has been suppressed about southerners who defended the Union during the Civil War. On June 24, the release of the movie THE FREE STATE OF JONES brings to the public the best known story of resisters to the Confederacy. In preparation for the movie’s release, Marvin T. Jones of Chowan Discovery will present an overview of loyal southern groups who operated from North Carolinas’s Winton Triangle area to Texas including JONES’s Newton Knight and his Knight Company.
In and north of the Winton Triangle, the unruly Jack Fairless Buffaloes operated in several counties along the Chowan River. South of the Winton Triangle was the more soldierly Buffaloes of Bertie County who co-ordinated with the Union forces along the lower Chowan. Knight Company descendant and history professor Victoria Bynum not only authored the book from which the movie is based, Dr. Bynum has also featured Chowan Discovery in her website The Renegade South. Another book of Dr. Bynum’s, THE LONG SHADOW OF THE CIVIL WAR, covers loyal Americans around Greensboro and east Texas.This event is hosted by the Rock Creek Civil War Roundtable at the U.S Park Service’s Rock Creek Nature Center in Washington, D.C. Many attendees and Marvin will gather afterward for a fun lunch at Ledo’s Pizza at 7435 Georgia Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C.