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NuclearDruid

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Outlaw Lewis Redmond
« on: May 24, 2009, 06:09:00 pm »

Saw this on the Doc Channel this afternoon. Only 30 minutes. Worth a watch if you can catch it.

The Outlaw Lewis Redmond

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The true story of an American Robin-Hood. 'Major' Lewis Redmond, the character of history and folklore that inspired the play The Prince of Dark Corners, was the most famous outlaw of his day, outshining contemporaries Jesse James and Billy-the-Kid. In this documentary account of his life and times, folklorists, storytellers, historians and descendents recover the memory of this forgotten renegade, triangulating the real Lewis Redmond between the distortions of hero worship, tabloid fascination, and the savage depictions of the man in Northern newspapers.

His great great grandson, is the descendant interviewed.

Oconee County moonshiner featured on History Channel

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OCONEE COUNTY — A piece of Michael Keaton’s family history gathered dust for more than 100 years.

At a family reunion when Mr. Keaton was 21, talk centered on an Oconee County fugitive who was making the news of the day and an uncle said, “That’s nothing. You should hear about your great-great-grandfather.”

Mr. Keaton, already a history buff who now has his master’s degree from Clemson University, listened closely, then began to dust off faded newspapers from the years following the Civil War. He learned that his great-great-grandfather, Lewis R. Redmond, was known as the “King of the Moonshiners” in the Dark Corner where the borders of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia are as unmarked as the moonshine he made.

Raised as a farmer in Oconee County, Mr. Redmond brewed moonshine at night and turned to moonshining more after his parents died and he became the guardian and provider for his sisters.

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Re: Outlaw Lewis Redmond
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 08:44:14 am »


'Major' Lewis Redmond, the character of history and folklore that inspired the play The Prince of Dark Corners, was the most famous outlaw of his day, outshining contemporaries Jesse James and Billy-the-Kid. In this documentary account of his life and times, folkorists, storytellers, historians and descendants recover the memory of this forgotten renegade, triangulating the real Lewis Redmond between the distortions of hero worship, tabloid fascination, and the savage depictions of the man in Northern newspapers :dnftt:
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