The little known and “undersung” saga of America’s raucous Revolutionary War privateers…
Author Robert H. Patton will speak about his book “Patriot Pirates”.
He tells a sweeping story of courage, capitalism, naval warfare, and political intrigue set on the high seas during the American Revolution. Colonial privateers played a pivotal role in defeating Britain and gaining American Independence. Essentially legalized pirates, they grew from a ragtag squadron of New England schooners in 1775 to a massive seaborne insurgency involving thousands of money-mad patriots plundering Britain’s maritime trade throughout the Atlantic. Patton’s extensive research brings to life the extraordinary adventures of privateers as they hammered the British economy, infuriated the Royal Navy, and humiliated the crown. Moreover, they did it in a classic American style of individualism combined with a national love of liberty.
Robert H. Patton is the grandson of General George S. Patton of World War II fame. His background includes a degree in journalism from Brown and a nautical life as a commercial fisherman. Mr. Patton is currently working on a series of historical novels set in the world of colonial privateering and naval warfare chronicled in Patriot Pirates.