Description: This 1867 part-printed Navy Department document is signed by Gideon Welles (1802-1878) as Secretary of the Navy. The document honorably discharges Acting Master F. P. B. Sands from duty to the United States Navy because after the Civil War, “a reduction of the Naval force becomes necessary.”
Welles served as Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869 under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was instrumental in implementing the Anaconda Plan, a blockade of Southern ports, which is seen as a major contributing factor to the Union’s Civil War victory, and he is credited with expanding the Navy almost tenfold.
Upper portion engraved with a vignette of a variety of ships at sea and the lower left has a blind-stamped seal of the United States Navy Department.
17 7/8” x 11 5/8”. Item #A00833.
Condition: Fold lines smoothed by early linen backing, overall toning, otherwise in good condition with a clear, bold signature.