Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mr. Seward” in chapter 1.1 of Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4.:

...e approach of the monitors was slow and cautious. They dreaded the rope obstructions which were known to be connected with heavily charged torpedoes. But the report afterward circulated,--to which Mr. Seward gave the weight of his official name,--that the rope obstructions in the channel fouled the screws of the iron-clads, was entirely erroneous. Not one of the iron-clads ever approached nearer than ...

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