This unidentified still could have been used by early Moonshiners, based on its shape and style. It is commonly believed that Moonshine came about as a response to prohibition, but it actually dates back further – at least as early as the Revolutionary War. Moonshine is made from distilled corn mash combined with sugar, yeast, and water, which made it more accessible given the abundance of corn in America. A tax was placed on alcohol following the Revolutionary War; high taxes were a large reason many Americans joined in the war effort to secede from England, so they were understandably disgruntled with this new tax. Distilling moonshine at home was relatively simple, allowing Americans to continue producing alcohol while avoiding tax, which eventually prompted the government to send tax collectors, who were normally greeted with violence and aggression from locals.