Small note, on lined paper, measuring 15 x 20 cm., from J.J. Hull, Col. & Commissary General, Montana Vol., Virginia City, M.T. to John S. Rockfellow requesting delivery of tobacco to Capt. John A. Nelson, Capt. Commanding Co. D, M.M. [Montana Militia], and charging same to the Commissary Dept. Endorsed on verso, by Capt. Nelson. Item #58011
Montana Territory was formed in May 1864. John J. Hull was the first Territorial Treasurer (1865-66), and John S. Rockfellow was the second (1866-67). Rockfellow was also a wholesale grocer and commission merchant in Virginia City., supplying goods to the rest of the territory, and to mining camps. During the spring of 1867, fears of Indian attacks resulted in the formation of a Montana volunteer militia. Lucrative contracts for local merchants supplying the troops became a funding issue, and the militia was shortly disbanded.