Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mr. C. Vanderbilt” in chapter 1.1 of Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 20.:

...dopted.—Do., page 27. The climax of absurdity is, however, reached when Secretary-of-War Stanton, passing over the educated, intelligent and skilled corps of naval and army officers, telegraphs Mr. C. Vanderbilt , a private citizen of New York, the owner of river and ocean steamers: For what sum will you contract to destroy the Merrimac, or prevent her from coming out from Norfolk, you to sink or destroy her ...
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