The Free State of Jones

Synopsis: In the Civil War South, a group of Confederate deserters fight to defend their freedom at any cost. When the band captures a Confederate prisoner, tensions mount and the true meaning of their cause is brought into question. Set among the piney woods of Mississippi, this is a glimpse at the untold story of a rebellion within a rebellion, of a war within a war.
Genre: Action, Drama, Short
Year:
2010
11 min
466 Views


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Left!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

- Stay with me!

- Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

- Left! Left!

- Close that rank!

- Left, right, left!

- Steady, boy!

Left! Left!

Steady!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Left of the colors, boys!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Guide right!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Top of the hill, boys!

Just over that Ridge!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Kneel!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Ready!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Fire!

Left! Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Left! Left!

Left, right, left!

Almost there, boy.

Almost there.

It's my leg.

I know it's your leg.

It hurts.

Yeah. They got ether.

Here we go. Here we go.

Hold pressure.

Hold pressure here.

Let's get this off you.

If they think you're an officer,

they'll fix you sooner.

Yeah, they're gonna fix you.

Here we go.

One, two, three.

We need clean water!

Hold pressure here.

The lord is

the stronghold of my life.

Captain Jeffrey Bailey here,

7th Tennessee.

Mini ball, left thigh.

Captain!

I got a captain here!

Captain up front! Captain up front!

Hold him!

Hold him down!

Hold him!

Where they going?

Charleston.

Charleston.

That's Carolina 3rd. A bunch

of them are headed home.

Twenty negro law.

If you own 20 Negroes,

you get to go home.

Since when?

The first, I guess.

New conscription act.

Poor man's fightin'

a rich man's war.

Yeah.

You know they got a house in

Natchez with gold doorknobs.

Not gold-lookin'.

Gold. Real gold.

"But all their gold

and all their silver

will not protect them

from the wrath of the lord."

You so smart, Jasper, how

come you still here, huh?

"The oldest son

on such plantations

where 20 or more Negroes

are owned or leased

are hereby exempt in the armies

of the confederate states.

Furthermore, any plantation

where the total number of Negroes

owned or leased shall equal 40,

the eldest and second eldest shall

be exempt from military service."

That's you and a brother.

And then it goes up one family member

for every 20 Negroes after that.

So what, if we all chip in and buy us

one negro, we get a couple weeks off?

Ah, I swear,

I'm tired of it, Jasper...

Tired of helpin' them

fight for their damn cotton.

You don't fight anyway.

You're a nurse.

Yeah, you get gut-shot

out there tomorrow, will,

why don't you go find an artillery

officer, see if he can help you.

I ain't fightin' for cotton.

I'm fightin' for honor.

Oh, that's good, will.

I'd sure hate

to be fightin' for cotton.

Who's there?

Uncle newt.

Daniel.

That you, boy?

Come here.

Hey, hey, hey, hey.

What happened?

They-they took me,

and they took

the mule and our hogs,

half the corn crib,

and they told me

I'd been drafted.

Can I stay with you?

Of course you can, boy.

You're my kin.

They put me

with another company,

and I finally ran off

and I looked for you all day.

I found this man

and told him I was from Jones,

and he said that was

Mississippi 7th, and so...

Shh, shh, shh. I got you, boy.

I got you.

I got you. I got you.

I got you.

I got you.

You're with me.

You're with me now.

Are you gonna be there

with me tomorrow?

Yeah, I'm gonna be there

with you tomorrow.

You hear me? I'm gonna be

there with you tomorrow.

We're gonna make for a tree

line about a quarter mile out.

You don't listen to no sergeant, no

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