Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 17.5 x 13.5, July 11, 1864. President Lincoln appoints Samuel S. Warner as "First Lieutenant in the Revenue Service of the United States." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Abraham Lincoln and countersigned by Acting Secretary of the Treasury George Harrington. In very good to fine condition, with creasing and wrinkling, and curling to the left edge.
Warner's service branch—the United States Revenue Cutter Service—was established in 1790 by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton as an armed maritime law enforcement service. Originally seen as a group of waterborne tax collectors, members of the organization served in a variety of capacities, eventually morphing into the US Coast Guard. During the Civil War, revenue cutters were stationed at every major seaport of the nation, and used during the war to search for smugglers, protect US ports, and assist the Navy in logistical operations. An unusual Lincoln appointment from a forgotten seafaring agency.
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