Researching the American Revolution

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Naval Conflict

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A bibliography on books on the Naval aspects of the War of Independence.

Secondary Sources

Allen, Gardner W. A Naval History of the American Revolution. Vol. 1. 2 vols. Williamstown, MA: Corner House Publishers, 1970.


———. A Naval History of the American Revolution. Vol. 2. 2 vols. Williamstown, MA: Corner House Publishers, 1970.

Dull, Jonathan R. The French Navy and American Independence:  A Study of Arms and Diplomacy, 1774-1787. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Fowler, William. M. Rebels Under Sail:  The American Navy during the Revolution. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1976.

McGrath, Tim. Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea. New York, New York: NAL Caliber, 2014.

Miller, Nathan. Sea of Glory: A Naval History of the American Revolution. Naval Institute Press ed. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1992.

Nelson, James L. George Washington’s Great Gamble: And the Sea Battle That Won the American Revolution. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.

 ———. George Washington’s Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008.

 Robotti, Frances Diane, and James Vescovi. The USS Essex and the Birth of the American Navy. Avon, Mass.: Adams Media, 2000.

Syrett, David. The Royal Navy in European Waters during the American Revolutionary War. Studies in Maritime History. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press, 1998.

Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. The First Salute. 1st ed. New York: Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1988.

 Waldo, S. Putnam. Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes in the War of the Revolution, between the American Republic and the Kingdom of Great Britain; Comprising Sketches of Com. Nicholas Biddle, Com. John Paul Jones, Com. Edward Preble, and Com. Alexander Murray. With Incidental Allusions to Other Distinguished Characters. Kennikat American Bicentennial Series. Port Washington, N.Y: Kennikat Press, 1970.

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