Stephen L. Kling Jr.

The American Revolutionary War in the West

A History Camp Discussion with Stephen L. Kling Jr. about his book The American Revolutionary War in the West.

From the publisher:

The American Revolutionary War, while beginning in the Thirteen Colonies, quickly became a far ranging war fought across the globe and eventually involved France and Spain. The war spilled into the areas west of the Thirteen Colonies and along the Mississippi River, and the resulting battles and attacks impacted the future development and expansion of the United States. The western areas also contained a rather unique collection of diverse groups and interest.

These interests included French-heritage inhabitants living along the Mississippi River, the new Spanish owners of the Louisiana Territory, the British masters of the east side of the Mississippi River, the Americans who conquered much of the east side of the Mississippi River from the British, the Native Americans who were often (but not exclusively) allied with the British and were involved in almost every military action in the west, and both free and enslaved Blacks who participated in several conflicts (sometimes voluntarily and often involuntarily). Stephen L. Kling, Jr, co-author of The Battle of St. Louis, the Attack on Cahokia, and the American Revolution in the West and editor of the two-volume Great Northern War Compendium has brought together a diverse group of scholars and experts for a book covering the war in the west enriched with maps and artwork that will be useful and engaging to a wide audience of history lovers, military enthusiasts, students, teachers and scholars.

[Recorded on April 18]

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      Stephen L. Kling, Jr. is an independent researcher focusing on the western theater of the American Revolutionary War. He is the author of The Battle of St. Louis, the Attack on Cahokia, and The American Revolutionary War in the West (co-author, 2017), Cavalry in the Wilderness: Cavalry in the Western Theater of the American Revolutionary War and the French and Indian War (2021), James Colbert and His Chickasaw Legacy (2022) and The American Revolutionary War in the West (editor and co-author, 2020, released 2022). Kling was also the primary historical consultant for the award-winning House of Thunder documentary on the Battle of St. Louis in 1780 and the co-curator of the new American Revolutionary War in the West Museum Exhibit. In 2023, he organized the American Revolutionary War in the West History Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, which featured scholars from across the US and Spain discussing various aspects of the war in the west and is currently organizing a second history conference with new topics on the western theater for September 27-29, 2024.

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