The story relies on the historical past of land Jones, Mississippi, throughout the Civil War and the interval instantly following the battle that has claimed so many lives. Despite the truth that the script of this movie is fictional, the story itself follows the historical past of American land and lots of the occasions listed right here have been spent in actuality. After surviving the Battle of Corinth, Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a poor farmer in Jones County, served as doctor to the entrance Confederation Army.
Fed up with the horrors he witnesses daily, he determined to abandon the military and return residence within the arms of his spouse, Serena (Keri Russell). Being residence, he befriends Rachel, a girl slave who secretly realized to learn. Newton’s disappointment in opposition to the Confederacy will get stronger after they study that his troops seized the crops and the cattle put folks in tax.
After serving to a household resist such a raid, he’s bitten by a canine catcher slaves. With the assistance of Aunt Sally and several other slaves he runs right into a swamp the place many runaway slaves led by Moses Washington (Mahershala Ali), caregivers wounds. After the siege of Vicksburg, Confederate deserters from the military start to develop an increasing number of, and plenty of of them looking for refuge in swamps. Newton organizes the deserters and runaway slaves in a bunch of troopers after which leads a military of rebels to struggle in opposition to the Confederacy.