- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: 1st Book Library (December 19, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585004081
- ISBN-13: 978-1585004089
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Swamp Outlaw: The Civil War Story of Henry Berry Lowery and His North Carolina Indian Raiders Paperback – December 19, 1999
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Once you start reading this book, you get a true understanding of "the way things were" for the Croatian Indians (now called Lumbee)and the way they dealt with it.
The setting is just prior to the end of the Civil War when things were at its worst for people in the south especially for the non-white members of Robeson County, North Carolina. Food was scarce, money was unheard of and any luxury items of the time just didn't exist.
When times are hard, all you have is your good name and your family. It was at a such a point when Henry Berry Lowery saw his father and brother unjustly killed by a crooked sheriff. Henry and his band of scavengers became outlaws as they tried to find justice.
In the eyes of the people that were abused by a corrupt government, Henry and his band became heroes; in the eyes of the government, they were renegades.
The story is so much more than another Robin Hood story, but one of historic facts as this is the "true" story of a man that is still known as a hero one hundred and fifty years later.
The Native Americans at the time were illiterate and the story has a few pieces missing, well, that's where the author had to take over. Surprisingly, the book is very accurate being written by a man that has hardly stepped foot in this region.
As I read the book, I felt like it did justice to the legend of Henry Berry Lowery and his band of raiders. It was a book that needed to be written. The older generations are dieing off and the young generations need a hero. This is a book that is full of action and history.Read more ›
I just wish someone had warned me first; normally I think "good literature" is stuffy. But this one is beautifully written AND it has low comedy and serious tragedy and bigtime action, which means that I couldn't put this thing down till past midnight. Open this one up on Friday, because you'll be wrecked at work the next day if you start it on a weeknight.