Newton Knight Biography
Birthday: November 10, 1829 (Scorpio)
Born In: Jones County
Newton Knight was an American farmer, a southern Unionist, and a soldier in Mississippi, who was also the leader of the ‘Knight Company,’ a group of soldiers who fought in the Civil War and opposed the ‘Confederate’ government. The ‘Knight Company’ consisted of Lincoln loyalists. They were against slavery and formed the ‘Free State of Jones,’ which did not abide by national laws, in their home state of Mississippi. However, there is no exact historical record that shows the exact degree to which Newton opposed slavery. Once the war was over, Newton joined the liberal ‘Republican Party’ and served as a US marshal in Mississippi. Newton may have been an iconic figure in America, but he divided his followers and haters in many groups over the years, owing to his doubtful motives and his tendency to change sides during the Civil War. His marriage to a freed slave, after the war, also invited quite a lot of speculations about his exact motives. The marriage was considered illegal by the Mississippi state laws. Newton’s establishment of a locality where both the black and white Americans could live peacefully also invited a lot of controversies.