Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mr. Secretary Welles” in chapter 52 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:

... Navy Department began to assemble at Hampton Roads a proper force of vessels for the occasion. The command of the squadron was tendered to Rear-Admiral Farragut, and on the 5th of September, 1864, Mr. Secretary Welles , in a letter to that officer, says: Lieutenant-General Grant has recently given the subject his attention, and thinks an army force can be spared and moved by the first day of October. Upon co...
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