The NC Squadron

Flag OfficerWilliam Lynch
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I  officially retired from teaching as of 1 July 2014. I hoped this would mean I would have more time to devote to my web sites and blogs, posting the fruits of my research. Sixty hour work weeks didn’t leave much time for research! I definitely expected not to miss my athletic director duties. Surprise! I’ve gone back as interim athletic director twice already and I still help coach the football team.

I’m currently writing a book on the Maple Leaf Affair, so there hasn’t been much to post about the NC Squadron. Only the Winslow and Ellis were at the battle and they only played support roles. Their guns were inferior to those of the Federal flotilla, so they were limited to ferrying troops and ammunition from Ocracoke Inlet to the battle and evacuating the wounded.

I AM in the process of outlining a book on the formation of the NC Squadron and another on the squadron’s actions in the naval battles on the Croatan Sound and at Elizabeth City on February 8-10, 1862. Most of the research has been completed. Lucas Simonds and Adam Parker of East Carolina’s Maritime Studies program have done their master’s theses on these two battles.

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