The Untold War at Sea: America’s Revolutionary Privateers

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The Untold War at Sea: America’s Revolutionary Privateers
Kylie Hulbert
Hampden Sydney College
February 3, 2022

Action at sea 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 reconsiders the role privateers played in the Revolution and challenges the conventional view of privateers as opportunists motivated by profit. Despite their controversial tactics, Hulbert argues that privateers merit a place alongside minutemen and Continental soldiers and sailors as important contributors to American independence.

About the Speaker

Kylie A. Hulbert is a historian of early America with interests in war and society, maritime history and social history. She is currently a visiting instructor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and was formerly an assistant professor of Colonial American History at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Professor Hulbert earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia in 2015 and is also the author of “History, Sir, Will Tell Lies as Usual: Founders, Patriots, and the War for Independence on Film,” a chapter of Martial Culture, Silver Screen published in 2020.