Statistics for occurrence #1 of “France” in chapter 12 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
...e been no Merrimac we should never have built those magnificent ironclads, which for a time placed our Navy in the front rank of the navies of the world, and enabled us to bid defiance to England and France , who were too much inclined to meddle with our affairs.
The Merrimac taught our legislators the necessity of being more liberal in our naval expenditures, and to build armored vessels such as wou...
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