Marvin T. Jones, Executive Director of the Chowan Discovery Organization, is the author of one of Renegade South’s most popular essays, “The Chowan Discovery Group,” a history of the mixed-race origins of North Carolina’s Winton Triangle.
I’m pleased to announce that on May 7, 2016, Mr. Jones will present “Loyal Southerners During the Civil War,” which will feature his research on Unionists from the Winton Triangle area of North Carolina during the American Civil War, while drawing from my own work on The Free State of Jones and the East Texas Jayhawkers.
The Rock Creek Civil War Roundtable group will host the talk between 9:30 am and 11:00 am at the U.S Park Service’s Rock Creek Nature Center in Washington, D.C.
Here’s an overview of the event by Marvin T. Jones:
On June 24, the release of the movie THE FREE STATE OF JONES will present to the public perhaps the best known story of Southern resistance to the Confederacy. In anticipation of the movie’s release, Marvin T. Jones of Chowan Discovery will present an overview of loyal Southern groups, ranging from the Winton Triangle of North Carolina, to Jones County, Mississippi—where Newt Knight’s “Knight Company” held sway—to the Big Thicket of East Texas, where the infamous “jayhawkers” hid out during the war.
Very little has been told and much has been suppressed about Southerners who defended the Union during the Civil War. 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, the more soldierly Buffaloes of Bertie County co-ordinated with Union forces along the lower Chowan River.