Statistics for occurrence #1 of “France” in chapter 32 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
...almost out of nothing, the opposition of partisans, the strife that had to be conciliated and the enemies that had to be opposed,
out of all which grew up a Navy that at one time bade defiance to France and England, who, in consequence, let us alone to work out our own destiny.
Among others who were in favor of building up an iron-clad navy were citizens whose names should ever be remembered.
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