Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mr. Joseph Pierce” in chapter 1.1 of Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19.:

...nant John M. Brooke, of the navy, was considering the question of an iron-clad. He was in a position where he could command the ear of Secretary Mallory, of the Confederate Navy, and at his request Mr. Joseph Pierce , then master ship-carpenter at the navy-yard here and a skilled mechanic, was sent to the Capital to assist him, but nothing came of the conference, and he reported that Lieutenant Brooke had no matu...

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