My first thought was that it looked gorgeous like all the others. However, at least for me, the representations of the mountains remind me more of mullusks than mountains. I know this is a somewhat standard representation of hills or ridges but maybe it has to do with the contrasts? Maybe the ridge lines are too white? I could be totally off on this so please disregard if it makes absolutely no sense.
Sorry I don't know much about the history of the Nez Perce War so can't comment on that. But I do like the icons used for everything else. Oh, the territory boundary line might get confused with the "Nontreaty Nez Perce Movement" lines. I started following one of those lines from Canyon Creek and then ended up following the Idaho Territory northern boundary all the way to the Washington Territory!
Again, very nice work.
Thanks for the comments, don't worry, what you see is what you see. I personally see trilobites but I might be coming from more of a geological background. None the less, a hillshade with a DEM overlay didn't work for this black and white map. I got my inspiration from some Civil War maps and Rand McNalley's 1895 map of Montana. They use this method to a degree, but of course all done by hand. They did a much better job than myself. However, I am trying to convey an antiquated feel to this map. I'll mess around with the gradient meshes tomorrow to see if I can't reduce the contrast some in some of the higher mountains. I did quantify my white colors with the hight of the ranges.
The state borders definitely need to be fixed. I hope that you are referring to the White Bird Canyon battle and not the Canyon Creek (if so I have done something terribly wrong). I most likely will drop the dashed looked all together. I was just afraid of my state/territory borders being confuse with the rivers (I should have realized what was more important in the VH). I wanted to use white but lost my state boundaries altogether in the Bitterroot Ranges.
Glad this is only a rough draft.
"Ah, to see the world with the eyes of the gods is geography--to know cities and tribes, mountains and rivers, earth and sea, this is our gift."