I hope some of you guys who have been to the battlefield could help.
Just re-reading Lakota Moon, and I stopped at a part where Red Feather is describing the fighting around and taking of Calhoun Hill. Or at least, that is where Michno places him. Red Feather is quoted saying the following to General Scott in 1920:
"When the soldiers got to their horses, they retreated. There was a deep place in the timber that was a good place for defense, but instead they took to the open country which made it easier for the Indians to catch them."
Exactly where or what was this "timber"? I have never been to LBH, but have just thought of the Battle Ridge as void of trees. Just plants, flowers, bush etc. Did Red Feather perhaps mean an area closer to the river? All answers are most welcome.
Wooded areas might have dotted the river, as I understand. Ian reminded me of wood being mentioned around Ford D for example. We may ot know to much about the ... eh flora back then. But maybe Steve and you others who have been there know more?
Today, all the woods are around the river and the cemetery. Calhoun hill does not have any timber. Trees generally grow where there is water, either on the surface or not too deep underground. As a high elevation in the area, it is unlikely there were trees large enough there to be referred to as timber. There could be today some scrub brush but nothing describable as timber. That is how I saw it about 5 years ago when I was there.