The Untold War at Sea

The Untold War at Sea

America’s Revolutionary Privateers

Kylie A. Hulbert


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Efforts upon the waves played a critical role in European and Anglo-American conflicts throughout the eighteenth century. Yet the oft-told narrative of the American Revolution tends to focus on battles on American soil or the debates and decisions of the Continental Congress. The Untold War at Sea is the first book to place American privateers and their experiences during the War for Independence front and center. Kylie A. Hulbert tells the story of privateers at home and abroad while chronicling their experiences, engagements, cruises, and court cases.

This study forces a reconsideration of the role privateers played in the conflict and challenges their place in the accepted popular narrative of the Revolution. Despite their controversial tactics, Hulbert illustrates that privateers merit a place alongside minutemen, Continental soldiers, and the sailors of the fledgling American navy. This book offers a redefinition of who fought in the war and how their contributions were measured. The process of revolution and winning independence was global in nature, and privateers operated at its core.


Kylie A. Hulbert:
KYLIE HULBERT is a historian of early America. She is the author of “History, Sir, Will Tell Lies as Usual: Founders, Patriots, and the War for Independence on Film.” She lives in Moseley, Virginia.