Collection of literary writings, n.d., including original prose and poetry as well as copied from published sources, and were written in the decades before the Civil War. While the author's identity has not been established, the initials W. S. S. appear in the first volume, while the name W. F. Lynch appears in the third volume. It is probable that the volumes were written by William Francis Lynch (1801-1865), an officer in the United States Navy and Confederate Navy. There is also are obituaries for Edward Lynch (d. 1843) and Eugene Lynch (ca. 1815-1843) and a drawing of a grave marker for William Lynch
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William Francis Lynch was born April 1801 in Norfolk, Virginia. On 26 January 1819, he became a midshipman in the United States Navy at age 17. He sailed to Brazil and China, and then around the world. On 17 May 1828, Lynch was commissioned a lieutenant, and again sailed to Africa for exploration. In 1848, Lynch led a highly successful expedition to explore the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. The success of his journey led Lynch to publish NARRATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES' EXPEDITION TO THE RIVER JORDAN AND THE DEAD SEA in 1849, the same year he was promoted to commander on 5 September. Two years later, he published NAVAL LIFE; OR OBSERVATIONS AFLOAT AND ON SHORE: THE MIDSHIPMAN. Promoted to captain 2 April 1856, Lynch resigned his commission 21 April 1861 and became a captain in the Virginia state Navy, then the Confederate Navy. He commanded the "Mosquito Flotilla," a command of nine gunboats which, outmatched, ineffectively opposed the United States' capture of Roanoke Island, North Carolina 6 February, then were destroyed 10 February 1862 at Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He then commanded naval forces at Vicksburg, Mississippi from March to October 1862. Lynch returned to command all naval vessels in North Carolina waters from October 1862 to September 1864. He commanded at Fort Fisher during the Union assaults which captured it. He married Virginia Shaw and had two children; one of whom, William Francis Lynch, Jr., briefly served in the Navy also. Lynch died 17 October 1865 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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