Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mr. Secretary Welles” in chapter 3 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:

...etire those who from age or other disability were no longer fit for active duty. For all this the Navy was indebted to Mr. G. V. Fox, the Assistant Secretary, whose ideas were promptly adopted by Mr. Secretary Welles . It was the first gleam of sunshine that had illuminated the Navy for half a century, and the first time that the sanction of Congress had been given to the President to appoint to the highest grad...
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