Also, the reason I posted, was to point out that Brown's opinion is different than two new histories of the area. One written by two Harvard historians. Grierson' Raid cut through the hart of this area and his reception was mixed. On the whole, the majority of the people did not cooperate with the raiders, one or two people helped guide them through it. In fact, Company B, of the 7th Illinois, on detached orders from Grierson's main body, had to kidnap locals to help guide them out of the area when they became lost. These Simpson County Pineywoodsmen escaped when their guards were distracted. Grierson's Raid, and one other I know of, involved in invading the Pineywoods, are not referenced in these new histories. The only reference is that of Sherman's 1863 Raid to Meridian, where Sherman mentions contacting loyalist somewhere between Jackson and Meridian. This is supposed to be Newt Knight according to the Harvard historians, but with no evidence to support that claim. And one other, a small Union Raid, captured by home guard units in Jones County, is discounted as a fluke by the Harvard historians and not representative of the 'real' feelings of the 'unionist' Pineywoods peoples.
The new history being written by some is to show the Pineywoods as a hot-bed of unionist activity, resisting Confederate control. My thoughts are, it was no where close to that of East Tennessee, where thousands resisted the Confederacy, compared to several dozen deserters in the Pineywoods.