Archeology and the LBH May 18, 2011 9:17:43 GMT -5
Post by Clair on May 18, 2011 9:17:43 GMT -5
Whoever wrote this hasn't been studying. There is at least one Warrior account that says they fired at LBH indirectly, and others that mention indirect arrow fire flying through the skies.
At other Indian battles, it is not uncommon to hear of the indirect arrow fire technique. You'll also see mention by experienced Frontiersman that they liked the "overhead cover" of timber because it deflected overhead arrow fire (indirect fire).
At the wagonbox fight against the Lakota, one key to success by the Army there was the overhead cover the upturned wagon boxes provided...with arrows sticking straight out from the top of them.
I think Indian fighting is full of stories and indicators of "massed indirect arrow fire" from many of the various tribes out West, and I agree that they needed to be within 200 yards or so, in mass, to make this effective.