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Francis Marvin Bunce
|Born||25 December 1836|
|Died||19 October 1901 (aged 64)|
Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1852-1898|
Francis M. Bunce (25 December 1836 – 19 October 1901) was a rear admiral of the United States Navy who distinguished himself as a junior officer during the American Civil War (1861–65). He was in command of the North Atlantic Squadron from 1895 to 1897, and while serving as its commander-in-chief played an important role in developing the squadron's – and more broadly the U.S. Navy's – capability to operate its ships in cohesive tactical naval formations, preparing it for its performance in the Spanish–American War in 1898.
Bunce was diagnosed with tongue cancer in May 1901 and underwent surgery in Boston, Massachusetts, to have his tongue removed. In September 1901, he was found to have developed throat cancer. Weakened by the disease, he became bedridden in early October 1901 and died at his home in Hartford, Connecticut, on 19 October 1901. He was interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
- Hamersly, p. 5.
- Hamersly, p. 6.
- Hamersly, pp. 6-7.
- For an extensive discussion of the evolution of the North Atlantic Squadron between 1874 and Bunce's assumption of command in 1895, see Rentfrow, pp. 1-117.
- Rentfrow, pp. 110-117.
- Rentfrow, pp. 117-123.
- Rentfrow, pp. 122-124.
- Rentfrow, p. 124.
- Anonymous, "The North Atlantic Squadron", The New York Times, June 18, 1896, p. 9.
- Anonymous, "Admiral Bunce at Sea", The New York Times, August 2, 1896.
- Rentfrow, pp. 124-129.
- For a summary of the evolution of the squadron's capabilities between 1874 and 1898, see Rentfrow, pp. 131, 136, and 137-147.
- Rentfrow, p. 131.
- Evans, p. 398.
- Hamersly, p. 7
- Anonymous, "Rear Admiral Bunce is Dead", Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 19, 1901, p. 1.
- "Francis Marvin Bunce". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
- Evans, Robley D. A Sailors' Log: Recollections of Forty Years of Naval Life. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1901. OCLC 6513408.
- Hamersly, Lewis Randolph, The Records of Living Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Sixth Edition, New York: L. R. Hamersly & Co., 1898, pp. 5-6.
- Rentfrow, James C. Home Squadron: The U.S. Navy on the North Atlantic Station. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-61251-447-5.
Richard W. Meade III
| Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Squadron
2 June 1895–1 May 1897
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