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LYNCH, James Daniel, author, born in Mecklenburg county, Virginia, 6 January, 1836. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, taught in Columbus and in West Point, Mississippi, in 1859-'62, and in the latter year joined the Confederate army.He raised a company of cavalry under General Polk, was chosen captain, and was wounded at Lafayette, Georgia After the war he began the practice of law in West Point, Mississippi, but abandoned it for literary pursuits. His best known poems are "The Clock of Destiny," "The Star of Texas," and the "Siege of the Alamo." He has also published "Kemper County Vindicated" (New York, 1878); "Bench and Bar of Mississippi" (1881); and "Bench and Bar of Texas" (1885) ; and has in press (1887) "An Industrial History of Texas."
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