Did they call it moonshine back then? I thought moonshine was illegal whiskey brewed during the prohibition era.
Browse to the search engine of your choice and look up "Whiskey Rebellion." You will find that "moonshine" by whatever name has been made since a federal tax was put on whiskey circa 1791. Whiskey was made before that time but the production did not go "underground" until a tax was imposed.
( Guns used by moonshiners is a separate topic