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Virtual Lecture - Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: The American Revolution Pirates v. Privateers

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7:30 pm (EST)

The American Revolution is often viewed through an “us vs. them” lens in which the proud, patriotic American colonists rebelled against an oppressive and cruel king. And when we think about privateers during the American Revolution, we tend to imagine the thousands of individuals who volunteered their time, their money, their vessels, and their lives in support of the Continental Navy and the revolutionary cause. Certainly these privateers were an important component in the war. But not everyone in the colonies was on the side of revolution. These revolutionary Patriots contended not only with the Royal Navy, but they also had to deal with the Loyalists among them who also operated as privateers for the British. Admiral Howe’s 1777 invasion of the Chesapeake further fed Loyalist sentiment. And when British General Alexander Leslie arrived in the bay in Fall 1780, the presence of 2,500 soldiers and the Royal Navy was enough to renew the spirit of any faltering Loyalist picaroons. Of course, these men were considered pirates by the Patriots just as the actions of American privateers were considered piratical by the British. So what role did these two groups play in the Chesapeake Bay and how did it impact the outcome of the war?

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers



Dr. Goodall's book, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars is available for purchase at the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street. Purchase the book online here!

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.

20210202-Pirates-JamieAbout our Presenter: Jamie L.H. Goodall, PhD, serves as a staff historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. She has a PhD in History from The Ohio State University with specializations in Atlantic World, Early American, and Military histories. She is also a first-generation college student. Her publications include a journal article, “Tippling Houses, Rum Shops, & Taverns: How Alcohol Fueled Informal Commercial Networks and Knowledge Exchange in the West Indies” in the Journal of Maritime History and Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two dogs. Living near the bay, she developed a deep interest in the region and merged her doctoral research on pirates of the Atlantic world with her love of the bay. 


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