Fort Ellis, Montana: 1876. unbound. 3.25 x 5.25 inches, September 6, no year, but almost certainly sent at the height of the Indian Wars, circa 1876, postmarked in Fort Ellis, Montana and affixed with two Scott # 136 3c Washington stamps. Addressed in Gibbon's hand to "Dr. John W. Draper, University of New York, New York." Draper (1811 - 1882) was an American scientist, chemist, historian, and pioneer photographer who is credited with taking the first image of a female's face in 1839. He is also the founder of NYU Medical School. Draper has docketed the envelope "Genl. Gibbon" -- a wonderful association piece considering the fact that Draper is rare in any form. Chipping along the borders; very good(-) condition.
Union General and Indian fighter who was in Montana (Fort Ellis) during General Custer's expedition against the Sioux Indians in 1876.