Charles Frederick Shoemaker
Captain (Commandant), United States Revenue Cutter Service
F. Shoemaker (March 27, 1841 - July 11, 1913) was a Captain in the United
States Revenue Cutter Service and was appointed in 1895 by Secretary of
the Treasury John G. Carlisle to be Chief of the Revenue Marine Division
of the Department of the Treasury. Although he was never formally known
as Commandant, he is recognized today as the second Commandant of the Coast
In the days leading up to the Civil War his commanding officer turned the cutter over to Alabama state authorities and left Shoemaker to lead his officers and men back to Union territory. He served on several revenue cutters until April 1864 when he resigned his commission. He was reappointed a Lieutenant in June 1868 and served at various stations until 1875 when he was assigned the duties of Assistant Inspector of the New York City office.
In 1876 he was appointed assistant inspector
of the Third Life Saving District of the Ubited States Life-Saving Service.
On March 19, 1895, Secretary of the Treasury John Griffin Carlisle appointed Shoemaker to replace Leonard G. Shepard as Chief of the Revenue Cutter Division. During his service as chief of the division, he pushed for improvements in the officer retirement system and better equipment. He oversaw the acquisition of new steel hulled cutters and increased the number of cutters in service. Upon reaching the statutory retirement age of 64, Shoemaker was placed the Retired List on March 27, 1905. He was succeeded by Captain Worth G. Ross.
On May 8, 1908, Shoemaker was promoted to the rank of Captain-Commandant on the Retired List by Act of Congress. He died at his home in Woodstock, Virginia on July 11, 1913.
SHOEMAKER, CHARLES F
CAPT COMM USRCS
DATE OF DEATH: 07/11/1913
BURIED AT: SECTION OFF S SITE 1570 OS
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 8 June 2009
Photos By Holly, June 2009