Book cover of Goodall's Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay

The book's cover.

Get ready to have fun reading this spring---Dr Jamie Goodall is releasing her latest book, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay, in late February.  Covering the period that runs from the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars, Dr. Goodall applies her knowledge of illicit trade in the Atlantic region to our home waters.  Published by the History Press, the paperback book runs 128 pages. 

Line drawing from Harpers Magazine of 1886 showing Maryland Oyster Navy armed schooner attacking armed pirates dredging oysters illegally in the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland's armed steam schooner, probably the Governor R. M. McLane, exchanges cannon fire with armed oyster pirates. (Harper's Weekly, Jan 1886)

Per Amazon.com's description of her book, the story of Chesapeake pirates and patriots begins with a land dispute and ends with the untimely death of an oyster dredger at the hands of the Maryland Oyster Navy--forerunner to today's Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) police. From the golden age of piracy to Confederate privateers and oyster pirates, the maritime communities of the Chesapeake Bay were intimately tied to a fascinating history of intrigue, plunder and illicit commerce raiding. Dr. Goodall introduces infamous men like Edward "Blackbeard" Teach and "Black Sam" Bellamy, as well as lesser-known local figures like Gus Price and Berkeley Muse, whose tales of piracy are legendary from the harbor of Baltimore to the shores of Cape Charles.

Photo of Dr Jamie Goodall, portrait style

The author, Dr. Jamie Goodall.

Dr Goodall serves as an Assistant Professor of History in the History department at Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD. 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 various historical chapters for Gale Researcher Online.

Copies of Dr, Goodall's book can be pre-ordered online through Amazon.com.