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Picturing The Past: 'Lewis Redmond, The King Of Moonshiners' Unravels The Story


October 22, 2018

Lewis Redmond — moonshiner, murderer, notorious outlaw or folk hero? In “King of the Moonshiners: Lewis R. Redmond in Fact and Fiction” historian Bruce Stewart brings together Redmond’s family history, a sympathetic newspaper interview, a dime novel depicting Redmond as a hero, the arresting deputy’s report and an array of articles to unravel the true story.

Lewis Redmond was raised in Transylvania County during the Reconstruction Period when the political climate was highly charged. A moonshiner by trade, Redmond’s real trouble began on March 1, 1876, when he killed U.S. Depu...

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