Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Lieutenants John Mercer Brooke” in chapter 1.56, section c.1.56.63, page 239 of Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35.:

...ich no special expedition had been sent. That interest was the whaling fleet of the United States. The conception of the judiciousness of such a special expedition came, I think, primarily from Lieutenants John Mercer Brooke and the late Robert R. Carter, two distinguished officers of the United States Navy, who, upon the secession of their native State, Virginia, had resigned and joined her cause. Captain Brooke is no...
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