- Born in Virginia.
- Appointed from Virginia.
- Resigned as captain, US Navy, 21 April 1861.
- Served in Virginia Navy.
- Captain, CS Navy, 10 June 1861.
Flag Officer Lynch served in the United States Navy prior to the Civil War, rising to the rank of Captain. He achieved fame for a scientific expedition to the Dead Sea in 18**. Following the surrender of Commodore Samuel Barron at Fort Hatteras, Lynch succeeded him as commander of the James River and North Carolina Squadrons. He commanded the NC Squadron during the battles of Roanoke Island (7-8 February 1862) and Elizabeth City (10 February 1862).
In March of 1862, Franklin Buchanan succeeded Lynch as commander of the James River Squadron. Lynch continued on as commander of naval forces in North Carolina through the rest of the war. According to Lt. William H. Parker, Lynch designed the ensign on the left sidebar, first flown at the battle of Roanoke Island