I read a brief review of this one in The Washington Post and happened to stumble across a copy at my local library. I wasn't looking for it, but someone had literally left a copy on a table. The Post review seemed kind of interesting - Southerns who remain loyal to the Union during the Civil War ...
Title: The State of Jones
Author: Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer
Grade: ** stars
The book started out holding my interest but there apparently wasn't a lot of documentation to be found on the main character - Newton Knight and his family and friends. That results in a book that is divided into sections of straight forward civil war and post-war history, full of battle descriptions, and short biographical segments on various characters. Again, I was fine with that aspect of the book. Unfortunately, gigantic chunks of the book were based on speculation, guesses, and assumptions. Reading the book I kept wondering how much of this was reality, versus fiction. Mildly entertaining and a pretty quick read.