Two Flags West (1950) - full transcript
During the Civil War, in 1863,Confederate prisoners of war agree to join forces with the Union Army in the common fight against Indians.In return,the Confederate POWs are promised their freedom by President Lincoln during his Special Proclamation.A company of Confederate Georgia cavalry POWs,under the command of Confederate Colonel Clay Tucker, joins the Union on the sole condition they wouldn't have to fight against the Confederacy.The company is sent to the isolated and undermanned Fort Thorn, New Mexico, on the Western frontier. The fort is commanded by Union major Henry Kenniston who is limping from an old war wound and who hates Confederates.The old animosities between Unionists and Confederates quickly resurface during their fragile alliance against the Indians.
General Jeb Stuart's own cavalry.
We reckon we still are.
I'll be brief.
This war is over for me.
swamp fever .. and this.
Are on the ticket that's
sending me to New Mexico.
I don't mind saying that I'd be
proud to have you with me as a unit.
Officers and men.
Why don't you come along?
The war is certainly over
for you. That's a fact.
And my offer is a way out
of this stinking pest-hole.
And the only way out.
There will be no further
exchanges of prisoners of war.
General Grant's order
of August 19th is final.
Ain't we never going to see home again?
Is your senior officer here?
Would he be out picking flowers?
Say Colonel, the Captain wants
to pass the time of day with you.
Are any of the other
outfits accepting this?
Technically, the offer is
open to all prisoners of war.
But in Indian country
what we need is cavalry.
Colonel Tucker is of
the 5th Georgia, sir.
Captain Bradford, late of the
Pennsylvania 1st, Colonel.
"Clay" Tucker, isn't it?
This is rather unusual. I am
authorised to offer you a commission.
Are you tempting me, Captain?
No. As a matter of fact, I'm offering
you a demotion to 2nd Lieutenant.
If you will accept it.
You say we southerners won't be
asked to fight against our own?
You fail to mention how many northern
troopers we'll be relieving to do that.
There are no troopers out West
who can be relieved, Colonel.
They are either greenhorns
or casualties like me.
I hope you won't be offended if I remind
you of an officer's duty to his men.
What duty is that?
- To conserve their lives.
You would do it in battle.
I can't imagine that you're
happy .. just sitting here.
Useless to the South or anyone.
The Colonel don't need no
reminding of his duties.
He's brung us through more tight
squeaks than .. - Enough.
I beg the Colonel's pardon.
I'll lay down the deal
plainly to all of you.
It is no charity picnic
you're invited to.
It's a soldier's life
at forty cents a day.
There will be fighting and
there may be men killed.
But a doctor for your sick,
food for your bellies ..
Reins in your hand and a horse to ride.
Take an hour, think it over.
Got to keep his hair parted.
Who are they, Yank army?
Come on, yellow-bellies.
Say, you've been wrong about
everything you been fighting for ..
All your women have been starving for.
I don't know, Cy. I'm as good a
Georgian as the next man, I reckon.
But I'm hungry to eat some
dust and a man likes to ride.
We're just rotting here. If it
ain't the fever it's the dysentery.
Ten more, just last month.
Tell us what to do, Colonel.
No, I won't tell you
what to do this time.
Each man must make his own decision.
There is just one thing.
We've been through some tight
squeaks since the start, and ..
I hate to see us split up.
So why not stop chewing on
each other and take a vote?
What about you, Colonel?
I'll go with the majority.
Alright, all you southerners,
come on this side of the room.
You Dusties, come over here with me.
Hey, you squatting in the middle.
You make up your minds.
Stand still so I can count you.
Twenty one for leaving, Colonel.
And twenty one for staying, sir.
Hey, wait up now.
Ash Cooper ain't voted yet.
Hey Ash, what do you say?
Ash won't be voting, sir.
Now it's a dead tie.
Looks like you'll
have to settle it, sir.
I reckon you know how
I feel about this, Cy.
I'd like to stick here
until it all freezes over.
If we could possibly serve any good.
I vote we go.
I don't believe it.
- Cy, I want to live.
Say I want to get home someday and not
in a pine box. Put it any way you like.
We'd have clawed our way out.
We'd have used our teeth.
I'm sorry, sir.
This way is hotter, I'll admit.
But even if we do have to
put on Yankee uniforms.
I've got to get us out of here.
I beg your pardon, Colonel Tucker, sir.
Yes, sir. Lieutenant.
The boys want to know if
they can sing in this army.
Oh, sing away.
Thank you, sir.
Much obliged, Colonel.
I want you to know that I will be happy
to be riding with you and your men.
They'll be happy to be riding.
Kansas City isn't far off.
They'll have all the riding
they want after that.
Sing away, men.
[ Singing: ]
"Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton."
"The old times there are not forgotten."
"Look away, look away,
look away, Dixie Land."
"In Dixie Land where I was born in,
early on a frosty mornin'."
"Look away, look away."
Just the thing for when we
sashay into Fort Thorn.
"In Dixie Land I'll take my
stand to live and die in Dixie."
"Away, away, away down
South in Dixie. Away .."
"Away, away, away down South in Dixie!"
The Sergeant Major is with them ma'am.
Dispatchers got through via Santa Fe Mrs
Kenniston. Naturally Major Kenniston ..
Oh, they'll be for ever
and I've got news.
So Sheridan has reached
Hatcher's Run, eh?
And General Hooker is
at Derby Town Road.
"General" Hooker, now?
That's what it reads here, sir.
Where is General Sherman, Duffy?
General Sherman has resumed
his advance south in Atlanta, sir.
And where are we?
"Guarding the great American frontier"
they calls it.
A bunch of one-eyed cripples.
If you want my opinion of what they can
do with the great American frontier ..
When I want your opinion
Sergeant, I'll ask for it.
Henry, you'll have to stop this now.
New troops are coming and
I've ordered the Lieutenant ..
- A column of reinforcements is coming.
Did you let Mrs Kenniston go
with the patrol this morning?
A woman with a detail of only
six men away from the Post?
Well, I told them I had your permission.
You will confine yourself to
quarters, pending further orders.
But truly, he ..
- That's all, Lieutenant.
It was all my doing.
Why don't you confine me to quarters?
Will you allow me to run this
ragtag and bobtail army ..
That the powers in Washington have
done me the honor to let me command?
Shall I turn out the guard, sir?
You mean for our "Johnny Rebs"?
Yes. By all means, Sergeant.
I wish we had a band.
We mustn't let these southern gentlemen
think us lacking in hospitality, must we.
Johnny, watch out for the horses.
Them is Yanks, right enough.
I'll say one thing, Sarge.
In a company like this
you're a rare pure beauty.
There is the Commandant
himself. Major Kenniston.
Left front in the line. Troop, halt!
Prepare to dismount!
Orderly, take the officers' mounts.
Captain Bradford and
detachment reporting for duty.
My orders, sir.
You are now part of the 3rd Cavalry
of the Army of the Republic.
Circumstances have placed
you under my command.
You've seen fit to swear
allegiance to these United States.
Thus gaining for
yourselves a full pardon ..
For recent offences of treason
against this government.
Your reasons for volunteering into this
service it is not my intent to inquire.
I understand you are good cavalry men.
I'll be most grateful if in the future
you will prove that that is so.
Duffy, take charge.
Mark, glad to see you.
- Thank you, Henry.
You'll be glad to see these others too.
This is my friend
Lieutenant Clay Tucker.
Captain Stanley will show you
to your quarters, gentlemen.
You will both do me the honor of
taking supper with me tonight.
Was that an invitation or an order?
Like him or not,
he's a first-rate soldier.
I'm Stanley, gentlemen. Welcome.
Well, figure it out for
yourself, Captain Bradford.
At any time the Apaches can throw
a thousand braves against us.
Fortunately, that's not the Apache way.
They raid and run.
What's this talk that it's Confederate
influence which stirs up the Indians?
With promises that they'll have this
land back when the South wins.
I understand you've had some
rebel agents right around here.
Now gentlemen, the
war is a long way off.
At least it seems so out here.
Let's keep it that way, huh.
I guess I owe you an apology.
But the Lieutenant is
on the right side now.
Aren't you, Lieutenant Tucker?
I'm just here to fight Indians, ma'am.
Let us pray that we are
all on the side of right.
An excellent supper, Miss Kenniston.
You are most kind.
I suppose that after ..
Were you imprisoned a long time?
- Any time in prison is a long time.
Perhaps you'd rather not talk about it?
That's the way it is with Henry.
He was imprisoned too.
Then your husband has learned
to value the smell of free air.
What do you think of that, Henry?
Tucker takes you for Elena's husband.
A natural mistake.
She is Mrs Kenniston.
She doesn't forget it.
But she is not my wife.
I apologise, ma'am.
I've been sitting here.
I'm afraid I've been rude.
I've been counting our blessings,
as Reverend Simpkins would say.
The reinforcements for which I've
pleaded have arrived. A happy occasion.
In honor of which I'd
like to propose a toast.
Elias, you've had enough.
Mrs Magowan there is no
such thing as enough.
To our gallant cavalry.
Which has always ..
- Yes, sir?
As Mrs Kenniston suggests,
we have a lot in common.
You were in Libby Prison I suppose, sir?
A lot in common.
Some minor differences.
For example, our manner
of gaining freedom.
I didn't bargain for mine. I escaped.
You were lucky.
Here is my luck.
It was taken in the very first
battle in which I was engaged.
And I got that escaping from prison.
It kept me out of action and
sent me to this scabby post.
While you at least had
your chance to taste blood.
Considerable blood if I
have your record straight.
Were you with Jeb Stuart
from the beginning?
I'm an ambitious man, Lieutenant.
An ambitious man is very
often a jealous one.
So I'd like to hear something
of your military exploits.
I was with General Stuart
right up to Yellow Tavern.
Were you at the First Bull Run?
At Gaines' Mill and Savage Station?
- Yes, sir.
At Cumberland Gap and Fredericksburg?
- Yes, sir.
Were you at Chancellorsville?
At Chancellorsville when .. when Stuart
made his charge against Brown's Brigade?
My squadron had the honor
to lead that charge, sir.
My brother, Elena's husband,
was killed in that charge.
My brother was killed at First Manassas,
my cousin at Pittsburgh. Another cous ..
Have I the Major's permission to
see to the comfort of my men?
- Thank you, sir.
My deepest sympathy, ma'am.
Captain Bradford, would
you .. pour the wine.
Mrs Kenniston's glass is empty.
That's it, Henry. Teach 'em
respect for their betters.
Letting them into the
Army is a caution, ain't it.
Yeah, I guess they figured
they're better off in our army ..
Than running away from it.
Come on, give us a pull, Herb.
Pay day, pay day! Come and get your pay.
One thing the rebels did,
they brought us the pay wagon.
Well, how are you fixed?
- It's homey.
As you see, sir.
- We'll make that all right.
Now ain't that touching.
In their army the Lieutenant comes
around to tuck them in bed at night.
You ain't hanging no Reb' in here.
Why you ..
It is my clear understanding that you're
all part of one command at this Post.
You will behave accordingly.
Any repetition of such an incident
will be properly dealt with.
[ Bugle call. ]
That's lights out, men.
Lights out, soldiers.
Give me that bottle.
Oh the little darlings
is being picked on.
You are from Georgia, ain't you?
The Georgians are
famous for their tempers.
Hang on to yours, Colonel.
It's good luck I caught
you before you got inside.
Of course. I've been very
anxious to talk to you alone.
I hadn't the faintest idea you
were way out here with Henry.
Yes. I'm here.
I turned Washington upside
down trying to find you.
The Andersons told me you'd
gone back to California.
Well, as you see, I'm only here.
Want to tell me about it?
If you'd like.
I wrote to Henry soon after
he was sent out here.
I wrote to him for help.
I told him I wanted to go back home.
That's a place called
Monterey, isn't it?
I told him I could get this far
with an army supply train.
He wrote back to come along.
As soon as possible he'd send me on with
an escorted wagon train to California.
I've been here more than six months.
Why, what's kept you here?
There has been no
chance to get any further.
It was alright at first.
I suppose it couldn't be helped.
There have been no wagon
trains getting through.
No troops to be spared.
One thing and another.
Didn't he know he had no troops
when he wrote me to come here?
I suppose .. he expected reinforcements
months before we came.
I suppose he did.
Well, now that we're here.
I expect you'll be on your way again.
- Oh yes.
I must admit I'm glad
you haven't gone yet.
You know, Elena.
You've been a great deal in my thoughts.
Even when I didn't see you.
They say that thoughts,
like time, can't stand still.
But time can stand very still.
It was nice of you to
have thought of me.
Do you have to go in?
I'll see you tomorrow.
It's a real south-west night, isn't it.
That's a beautiful dress.
I've worn black for more
than a year, Henry.
I was merely giving you
a compliment, my dear.
There had to come a time you'd
want to get out of mourning.
Richard loved music.
Even as a boy he loved it.
I suppose you used to play for
him sometimes in the evenings?
Why yes. Sometimes I'd sing
Spanish songs we both liked.
He must have enjoyed that.
You must play for me sometime.
If you would like.
Mighty windy country.
This ain't even a breeze.
Wait until summer.
It was last August when Corporal
Donnelan, rest his soul, got killed.
He wasn't in Hades a week.
His ghost showed at our quartermaster's
one night a howling and a yelling.
Do you know what he was after?
If you Yanks could fight
like you could lie ..
What did you think of her?
Well if you can ask "who"
I don't have to ask.
What do you think about, by the way?
About being a good little tin soldier.
You know the first time
I ever saw her I ..
Fell head over heels.
The first time I ever saw her she
was being married to another man.
Take a detail of six men down there.
I'll send a wagon from the Post.
Maybe Apache, maybe Satank.
- Kiowa chief.
Big medicine man.
He's worse than Apache.
I'd better ride over and see if
the Major has any further orders.
How about it, Colonel? Can we?
That's what they hired us for.
Hugo, sound Recall.
Have they got one, sir?
It's the same you idiot. Sound Recall.
It takes our fellahs to
put 'em on the run.
Sound it again.
Who did that to us?
You're forgetting we're in
the Yankee army now.
They calls their favorite tune.
I told you they could ride.
Troop .. halt!
It's not my habit to reprimand an officer
in the presence of enlisted personnel.
But in this instance I consider it
advisable to make an exception.
I presume I am to commend
your dashing southern spirit?
Well then, I commend your spirit.
But hardly your judgement.
You'd have ridden in there alright
exactly as the redskins wanted you to.
Into a trap like ducks
following a decoy.
I venture to express the doubt that
either you or any of your men ..
Would ever have ridden out again.
Do I make my point
sufficiently clear, Lieutenant?
Forward to the right, ho!
Follow me. Ride order.
This is the first chance
I've had to tell you ..
I'm very sorry for the embarrassment
which was caused ..
When you were a guest in our quarters.
Generous of you, ma'am.
Not at all.
I'd understand that you don't
hold me personally responsible ..
For the killing off of your husband.
I'm right relieved to hear that.
I'm talking to you Mr Tucker because
Fort Thorn is a very small Post and ..
It seems unavoidable that you and I ..
That all the people in it should ..
- Be placed in close contact, ma'am?
If you choose to put it that way.
For the sake of the common good you're
willing to overlook the unhappy fact ..
That I was born a southerner?
Are you laughing at me, Lieutenant?
No ma'am, no ma'am.
But it's on my mind it would be more
important if the Major shared your ..
In your place Miss Kenniston.
I'd be a little frightened of a brother
in law who plainly believed in Suttee.
It's an Indian word. Hindu, not Apache.
Excuse me, ma'am.
Brad, are you any good at words?
There is a word I'd like
to know the meaning of.
Well, it's not so much
of a word Elena as a ..
As it is a custom.
Yes .. when a man dies ..
His widow is supposed to throw herself
on his blazing funeral pyre and ..
Finish her life too.
It's a very drastic kind
of mourning, I'd call it.
Whatever made you think of that?
[ Spanish language ]
I'm sorry. I don't speak Spanish.
Oh .. nothing.
Prepare to dismount!
Dis .. mount!
Forward .. ho!
Congratulations on your knowledge
of Hindu customs, Lieutenant.
I'll have you know, I'm not committing
Suttee and nor is anyone forcing me to.
I'm sure everybody will be mighty glad
to hear that. It certainly would be a ..
Sinful waste, Mrs Kenniston.
Captain Stanley, you take the morning
patrol as far as Puaki Crossing.
Keep on the alert for any
signs of Indian migration.
Captain Bradford. You will
remain in headquarters.
Prepare a full report on all field
activities of the past thirty days.
What's this, Duffy?
Concerning the two prisoners, sir.
You asked. - Oh yes. Yes.
In the guardhouse are two
renegades, Edwards and Fairchild.
Convicted of running whiskey
and guns to the Indians.
Before you attend, send a detail to
carry out the sentence of the court.
They are to be executed and
their bodies buried outside the Post.
Your Sergeant, whatsisname .. Pickens?
He should be able to handle it.
At once, Lieutenant.
- Yes, sir.
The thing has dragged on for months.
Mr Reynolds, your manning
rosters haven't been received.
See that they are turned in today.
The horse has got a bad
quarter crack here.
Lieutenant Tucker, sir.
The boys and me got to see you.
- What about?
We got to see you.
Is something wrong?
Take a look at that report, sir.
Just look for yourself.
We didn't know until it was
too late. We didn't know.
We've taken their
muck as long as we can.
Now you got to be with us or agin us.
- Keep it, Cy. Keep it.
Go back to your quarters.
He won't be a minute.
- Thank you.
Do you wish to see me, Lieutenant?
- Take a look at that.
What about it?
- Indian whisky sellers and renegades.
These men were agents of
the Confederate Government.
Yes, I suppose they were that, too.
The one usually goes
hand-in-hand with the other.
Would you like to see
the record of their trial?
I've seen enough.
Then, what is the point, Lieutenant?
A detail of my men has been required to
shoot to death two Confederate citizens.
We came under the representation we need
never do anything against the South.
It never occurred to me.
An order is an order.
The Government made
that promise. And I did.
I'm not sitting behind a roll-top desk
in Washington. I'm running an Army Post.
What's the use of talking about it now.
The sentence of the Court was carried
out. The men are dead. Anything else?
No. Nothing else.
Nothing at all.
I'm very sorry you broke that agreement.
I assume naturally sir, that it was
by accident, but just the same ..
It only proves what I said about
the Rebs from the beginning.
Henry, you can't go on
fighting the civil war out here.
You can leave it open, Duffy.
- Those men took an oath of allegiance.
They took an oath to the South once too.
Well then, put it this way.
If you want a man to be a good
soldier you must treat him like one.
Do you take me for a fool, Mark?
That man is a rebel to the core.
He'll go over the hill the
first good chance he gets.
That's the only thing we can do.
We get our gear together
and our horses and ..
I owe you all an apology. I was wrong.
- We been talking ..
The words of that oath we took back
there are as hollow as a bell.
The Major just cancelled the bargain.
- So we're getting out of here, sir?
How does it feel to be
wearing grey again.
Now let's be reasonable, Henry.
If these men weren't sincere, why ..
They had every opportunity to desert
on the way over here from Kansas City.
Nothing stood between them and freedom
but me. Why didn't they go then?
Perhaps you're right.
- Don't you agree, Elena?
These men have every reason
to have strong feelings.
Give them a little time.
- Don't ask Elena.
Her mind is full only of how
she gets to California.
Hang it all, Henry.
Give these men a chance.
Alright, I'll give them a chance.
I'll give them their chance
just as soon as possible.
- Good morning.
This is what I like to see.
We don't mind it ourselves.
Sir, you have all the ammunition
your requisition calls for.
Well, let them take it, Sergeant.
If they don't use it you'll get it back.
We'll get it back alright.
I wonder if I can ask you a favor
- At your service, ma'am.
I have my trunk all packed. I'll be
travelling with the Simpkins and ..
I wondered if some of your men if free,
could take it to their wagon for me?
You aren't going, Mrs Kenniston?
What do mean? Of course I am going.
Everything is arranged. I am all ready.
Your name is not on my list.
It was on it, but it was taken off.
You've made a mistake.
Perhaps you'd better ask the
Major. I only take orders.
I must say we were disappointed. I ..
The men and I were looking forward
to the pleasure of your company.
You understand Reverend Simpkins, you
do this trip on your own responsibility?
My good wife and I are
fully prepared, Major.
And we're very grateful
for the hospitality.
Who's next, Sergeant?
- Mr Strong, sir.
So, you're getting us
off your hands, Major.
You are a merchant by occupation?
Right you are. You will
find my papers in order.
Just as a matter of curiosity,
what are you doing in New Mexico?
There must be more bustling
fields of commerce.
Just passing through. Back and forth.
What's your destination?
Now now, Major. You're
downright suspicious of me.
It's good. It's your duty.
I think it's about time I
came out in the open.
I'm not what I seem.
These are my credentials
from the War Department.
You are relieved, some, huh?
Captain Bradford, will you excuse me.
- Right, sir.
Wait outside until I finish this.
I'm very glad.
- Glad about what?
That you changed your mind.
- That I changed my mind?
Well, didn't you?
I didn't ask the Major why.
I just cheered.
If you were really my friend,
you'd want to help me.
Then we understand each
other perfectly, Major.
I want to see you.
- I've been expecting you.
Sit down, my dear.
Don't excite yourself.
I'm going with that wagon train, Henry.
A man would happen to think you prefer
the company of savage Indians to mine.
You said I could go on
the first escorted train.
I took that to be a promise.
I did promise I suppose.
But the risks and perils are too great.
You are my ward, my responsibility.
You are my dead brother's wife.
And I owe a debt to him to see that his
widow is returned safely to her family.
I'd never forgive myself if I didn't.
Surely you can understand that?
But if I'm quite willing
to take the risk myself?
But you can't. I can't let you.
I think of Richard and I
put myself in his place.
I'd put myself in his place and
think what he would want for you.
He'd want you to stay here with me where
you could have my care and protection.
And if I don't want your
care and protection?
You were happy when you first
came here. You told me so.
What happened to the
good feeling we used to have ..
When I could watch you
moving about our quarters.
Doing the small womanly tasks you
might have done if Richard were alive?
Which could make me
imagine he still was.
You'd better tighten
that lashing, Mr Dibble.
All squared up, Reverend?
- I'm sure we are, Captain.
Watch out for Indians. They may
be your brothers as you say, but ..
And on to your scalp.
- I'll do that, Captain.
A new order. Go to your post.
You committed your orders to memory?
- I have, sir.
and accounted for, sir.
Well then, there is nothing
ore to be said is there, except ..
A safe journey.
Thank you, sir.
- Oh, Clay.
Thanks. I may need it. Goodbye, Brad.
By twos .. by the right flank ..
That's all, gentlemen.
Thank you, Henry.
Thank me? For what?
For giving my Rebs this mission.
For trusting them.
Oh, I do trust them.
I trust them to vamoose right into Texas
the minute they smell rebel ground.
What on earth are you thinking?
Well, I hope I'm thinking
with the brain of a soldier.
That seems to require a
bit of explanation to you.
Alright, I don't mind
giving you a lesson.
You see, if ever I'm in a real pinch
around here I'd like to be sure that ..
All of the enemy is in front of my guns.
Not some of it in my ranks.
So if they are going to
desert, let them desert now.
At least I won't be any worse off
than I was before they came here.
Does that satisfy you?
No it doesn't.
Hang it, you've let
civilians go with them.
Don't need to worry about the civilians.
They'll deliver them before the scoot.
They are not necessarily savages.
It's because they're traitors.
Besides, there is not
a civilian in that train ..
Whom I didn't advice personally
that he was going at his own risk.
I think you want to go back there.
- What's the matter?
In the Parson's wagon.
Sergeant Pickens just found her.
I was nervous we'd get into trouble.
Well, Mrs Kenniston.
You can't send me back. I won't go.
- Where do you think you're going?
May I have a word with you, sir?
- Better have a very good one, Reverend.
This young woman has a family
waiting for her in California.
She appealed to my wife and me for help.
From a situation which
I can assure you ..
Only after much prayer that we decided
it was our Christian duty to help her.
Don't send her back, Lieutenant.
Who said anything
about sending her back?
Well .. I am very grateful, Lieutenant.
I've always heard that
southerners were gentlemen.
Have you, ma'am?
Among the Spanish people,
it's a quality we value.
Don't you hear that, gentlemen?
It must be mighty jolting riding in
that wagon, a horse woman like you.
Take me mount, Mrs Kenniston.
I can double up with Hank.
Oh no, I wouldn't think of it.
- But I'd consider it a privilege.
It's been a spell since any of us
have had a chance to serve a lady.
I'd count it as an honor to my
own sweetheart back home.
She's a rare beauty
like yourself, ma'am.
Well .. if you put it that way.
That's very generous of you, Lieutenant.
No skin off my nose if she cares to ride
along with us as far as were going.
Well, I certainly hadn't
expected anything like this.
You put us on our mettle, ma'am.
Escort the lady to the front.
Here comes the Major
running like a turkey.
Who is the officer of the day?
- Captain Bradford, sir.
Order out a detachment on
the double. Elena missing.
Have my horse brought up too.
- You'd never catch them, Henry.
They're in a forced march
and have 12 hours start.
Don't argue. Do as I say.
How many men will you want?
- How many?
Well, a small detail might
be taken by the Indians.
If not, those Rebs will put up a fight.
If they're deserting
as you seem to think.
Shall I order out the garrison
and leave The Post undefended?
Are you trying to make
it look impossible?
It is impossible, isn't it?
What are you staring at?
I'm just taking a look at you, Henry.
You might as well know
that I knew she'd gone.
I saw her in the Simpkins'
wagon and I let her go.
Why you ..
- I think she had every right.
Captain Bradford, confine yourself
to quarters until further notice.
Mind if I ride along?
I'll give the man back his horse.
The outfit is making good ground, sir.
My orders were not to lose time.
We'll rest through part of the day.
At Rock Springs?
You seem acquainted with this country.
I know Texas better.
But I know this ground too.
Them hills over there.
St Andrews mountains, ain't they?
Yeah, and you know what's behind that?
Stretching beyond the
whole blooming homeland.
Well, we'll all be home soon enough.
Get in tomorrow.
"Tomorrow". Say, that sure
does have a pretty sound.
[ Singing ]
"I'm a good old rebel,
and that's just what I am."
"And for this land of freedom
I do not give a hang."
"I hate their glorious banners
and all their flags and fuss."
"Them lying, thieving Yankees,
I hate 'em worse and worse."
"I fought with old Bob Lee."
"For three years there about."
"I was wounded in four places
and starved at Point Lookout."
Men get homesick sometimes.
I can understand that.
We got a long way to go.
What's it like out there?
- In Monterey? - Hmm.
Oh, it's only a small place.
My family has a vineyard.
Just a sleepy, peaceful place.
You know, just family.
A mission church.
The bells on Sundays.
Sounds to me as if you may
as well become a nun.
I don't mean that irreligious.
I mean .. well ..
The way you strike me.
A little girl left her peaceful
home, the bosom of her family.
Went out into the big cruel world,
got her fingers burned.
Now wants to run and hide.
- Lieutenant Tucker.
That's what it about
comes to, doesn't it?
Do you always have to laugh at me?
There wouldn't be any point in my ..
Getting serious about you, would there?
No. There would not.
North pole and south.
What was your name
before it was Kenniston?
Miss "Elena Maria Gabriella
Mercedes Del Mari del Muele."
That's .. that's a pretty fancy name.
I believe I like it better
What is it, Cy?
- Some of the horses about done in, sir.
Some of the men are too.
Well .. we'll camp by the river.
Tell them it's the end of the trail.
That will perk them up, won't it.
- It sure will, Colonel.
You should be asleep if you're starting
out for California at the bust of dawn.
Mrs Simpkins has a fever.
I'm going after water.
- Allow me.
I can take care of myself thank you.
Now Miss Elena Maria Gabriella ..
I forget the rest of it, ma'am.
A lady should never tell a man she
can take care of herself. He is ..
Apt to take her at her word.
You are not taking your
men back to The Post.
It's in the air. A person can't miss it.
I can tell by the way you are so happy.
Where do you think I am taking the men?
What do you intend to do?
Get back in the fight again?
I can't conceal I would
enjoy it, if it were possible.
You're as bad as the Major.
Full of nothing but hate.
Why do you men like to fight?
For hatred? For killing?
The war is most particular to me.
I've got a place near Atlanta.
Is it nice?
I don't know now Sherman has got it.
Was it nice before?
I doubt if you'd like
that country. It's ..
Real fierce land. Red.
Blood red when it rains.
But a man gets fond of it.
Lieutenant, sir. These here fellows say
they are looking for Mr Ephraim Strong.
What do you want with Strong?
Walk off a little piece
Hadn't you better take
somebody with you, sir?
Keep those men here.
These men are friends of mine.
Ranchers up from Mexico.
- That's fishy enough.
Riding through Indian
country by themselves.
They are southerners.
All the way up from Mexico?
Your outfit came through too.
That's fishy in the same way.
- What are you up to, Strong?
The same thing you are, Colonel Tucker.
Only I'm going about
it as part of a big plan.
Not just shooting off
wild the way you are.
What would it come to,
your running off to Texas?
For a short-legged man,
you jump to long conclusions.
What would you do?
Work your way back to Georgia and throw
your men in front of Sherman's army?
I can show you a way that each
of your men would count for ten.
I'm a Confederate agent, Tucker.
Is that what you say you are?
By the way, your mother
and sister are alright.
They are in Richmond.
What's on your mind?
Here is Texas .. New Mexico.
We are going to link Confederate
Texas with the Pacific Ocean.
In California there are
tens of thousands ..
Of southern sympathisers waiting
to come across the border.
We'll meet them with supplies. There'll
be wagon trains meeting along the line.
We'll draw a defence line
straight across the nation.
You mean what General Sibley
had in mind three year ago?
Yes .. it's got to come true.
Our nation is dying, Colonel.
I've been North. I've seen
what they're killing us with.
Shoe factories, gun factories.
You don't have to tell me
what they've got in the North.
We're being suffocated
by the Yankee blockade.
But if we can get the gold fields in
California, the sea ports on the Pacific.
You said my men would count
ten to one. What can they do?
Go back to Fort Thorn.
Go back now?
You'll tip off everything
if you desert now.
Go on back. Be patient.
Keep your eye on the fort. It's the only
block between Texas and Tucson.
Get the confidence
of the Major as I did.
He's got me pegged as working for
the War Department in Washington.
He's got you pegged as a Reb
who's on his way to desert.
He's a smart soldier.
Don't you see? You'll have him
in your hand if you go back now.
Wait until I give you the word then meet
one of our supply trains and join up.
There is a big day coming
if you work this carefully.
Will your men follow you back?
When will the word come?
They can practically
see Texas from here.
I'm just as impatient as you are.
It could be months.
It could be next week.
Will you do it?
There's a thing that bothers me.
That girl coming along.
The Major sets a store by her.
He'll never forgive you.
- I didn't get her out.
I'm not talking about getting her out.
I'm talking about taking her back.
That is, if you think it is important ..
Having the Major trust you.
In the morning, when you turn the
wagons over to the unit from Fort ..
Roll the wagons!
I just want to thank you
once again, Lieutenant.
Don't mention it. Sergeant Pickens.
I don't know exactly why I should
wish you good fortune, but I do.
Take Mrs Kenniston into custody.
- Put her on a horse.
Tie her on if necessary.
She's coming back with us.
Oh no, let me go!
And in view of the wholesale
desertion of these rebels.
I again call to the attention
of the Chief of Staff ..
A lack of wisdom.
In freeing these traitors.
Only to place army posts
like this in jeopardy.
Tucker will be back. I may be stubborn.
You're not only stubborn,
Captain. You're also asinine.
He is 24 hours overdue.
I have continuously requested
being relieved of this command.
Being assigned to a post ..
Where I could be of help.
In winning the war of the rebellion.
Can't it wait, Duffy?
I beg your pardon, sir.
Lieutenant Tucker is here.
The orders have been carried
out, sir. Civilians delivered.
Anything wrong, sir?
Let me have my moment of surprise.
Absolutely no incidents
on the road, sir.
Took it easy coming back.
The mounts were fast.
What have you done with Mrs Kenniston?
There is a strange story, sir.
We'd been out six hours
when she was discovered ..
I know she was in the
Simpkins' wagon, Lieutenant.
Her name wasn't listed, so ..
If you allowed Mrs Kenniston
without my permission to ..
You will find her in your quarters, sir.
You brought her back?
I hope I didn't do wrong.
Sorry to say, sir.
It did take a little force.
He had you going for the hills.
Yeah, I guess we all did.
Why did you do this?
Why did you disobey me?
You know the responsibility
I felt for your safety.
Am I to believe you had
to be dragged back here?
You had so little regard for my feelings
or for principle or for memories?
Are you completely
blind to yourself, Henry?
Of course, you intend to
explain what you mean.
Why do you lie to yourself?
Don't you really know yourself? With
all your worship of your brother and ..
Talk of obligation and
putting yourself in his place.
Don't you know why you want me here?
You don't dare think a thing like that.
If you were open and honest
it would be less horrible.
You make me feel unclean.
I notice the lock on my
door is out of order.
Kindly send one of
your men to repair it.
Things are going on round this territory
that are suspicious and mysterious.
You keep bringing in these
reports of wagon tracks.
Three times in the past week.
But nobody ever sees any wagons.
Am I to assume that each and all
of you have lost your eyesight?
I submit as a simple assumption
gentlemen that ..
Wagon tracks are made by wagons.
Well, where are they?
Where do they come from?
Where are they going?
And what in blazes are
they doing around here?
I intend to get to the bottom of this.
I want two large patrols out today.
- Yes, sir.
I want your troop on this.
I want you take half the men yourself
and patrol in a semicircle to the south.
Ten miles. As far as Red Rocks.
- Yes, sir.
I want the other half of the
men out to the north under ..
Platoon, by the right flank, ho!
Major Kenniston. I've really
got something for you, sir.
The scout's word is that
he is Satank's own son.
I have any ears. I know the beggar.
- I tried to question him, sir.
What would the son of a chieftain have
to say to a Second Lieutenant, Mr Adams?
Bring him inside.
I'll deal with the rebel.
Tucker, what are you doing here?
Major's compliments, Lieutenant. He
wants you back at The Post right away.
He wants me?
He thinks they've brought in Satank's
son. He wants you in to identify him.
Stanley is there.
You'd better get moving hadn't you, Al?
Yeah. I guess I'd better.
Well, that breaks half of us free.
Darned if you ain't a mighty
slick deceiver, Colonel.
Now Cy, that wasn't all lies.
That part about Satank's son was true.
At a gallop, follow me!
It's Satank. Satank!
[ Indian language ]
Satank demand his son, Major.
A rebel demands?
In the interest of discretion, sir ..
- I said "rebel" and I mean a rebel.
Just as much as if the
Confederate Army ..
Had given him a uniform to
go with his paint and feathers.
Tell him I'm not here to accept insults
to the Army of the United States.
Tell him I will demand and he'll accept.
Tell him that before I ..
Tell him he'll have his son at once.
[ Indian language ]
[ Gunshot! ]
[ Indian language ]
That's my answer from the United States
Government to rebels and traitors!
Troop .. halt!
Clay, what are you doing out here?
Did the Major change his orders?
I reckon I changed his orders for him.
That's right Sergeant, take it.
What the ..?
- Sorry, sir.
Sorry it had to be you, Brad.
Clay, what's this all about?
Now we'll go find those wagons the
Major was so curious about.
Take Captain Bradford back now.
Better have Lem with you.
Take him to within sight of
the fort and turn him loose.
Give him his pistol then.
You should be able get
there and back by tonight.
To explain everything would
take a long time, Brad.
Why, I wouldn't think of
delaying you, Colonel.
Think you could find
your way to our camp?
Ought to, sir. You give me a map.
- Then don't sit there.
Sorry, sir. Do you mind, Captain?
Pickens and Lem, ain't it?
Three of 'em.
They're bringing him back.
The Post is under siege, sir.
- Satank? - Yes, sir.
He's got it surrounded.
How many would you say?
- I judge about 12 or 15 hundred.
But they ain't attacked yet.
- They never do at night.
Better go down and get some food.
Why not say what you're thinking?
Cy, we've got to go back.
Tell me they are American. Say there
are women and children there.
Tell me if the fort is wiped
out it will be because of ..
A troop of southern cavalry
deserted its post.
As a matter of fact Clay, I was
thinking of your home in the south.
Even though her battle is almost lost.
I know how much you'd like to help her.
- Yes, sir?
Wake the men.
Yes, sir. I doubt if many
of them are sleeping.
Alright men! Wake up.
The Colonel wants to talk to you.
I've always taken it on my
own to tell you what to do.
I won't do that anymore.
I owe it to you to tell you that ..
I'm going back to The Post.
I'm not glad to be going.
I don't even know if I'm right.
Those of you who want to
come along will come.
I won't guarantee that
you're doing right.
I must warn you that ..
Many of us may be killed.
The rest of you go on.
No hard feelings.
I hope that some of us
may gave good luck.
You're a crazy southerner, Clay.
You know, I'll be grateful
if you'll be quiet.
You can make up an excuse
so we can go, can't you?
Well, we've followed him this far.
How are we going to stop now?
I guess the first thing to
do is to try and get inside.
Well as old lion pants
Jeb Stuart used to say ..
The fastest way is the quickest.
What are we waiting for.
Water buckets filled in all buildings.
List the women and children.
- Split your troop in two.
Take half to the front gate
and stockade yourselves.
As I was saying, sir.
We were unavoidable cut off.
Lieutenant Tucker in charge of the
south stockade. - Yes, sir.
They're coming from the rear, sir.
Well, if it ain't Johnny Come Lately.
We got plenty of time
to get killed, ain't we.
You started to say something.
You sure pick the times.
I fell in love with you at your wedding.
I had to pick a time
like this to tell you.
Just keep quiet, dear.
I'll get the doctor.
Don't worry. They'll go away
when the sun goes down.
They'll go away.
That's about all I can think of
for the present, gentlemen.
Carry on your assignments.
Patch up as best you can.
In a way, I don't suppose it matters.
I know what we're in for tomorrow.
Keep it from the women if you can.
That's all. Goodnight.
- Yes, sir?
Stay here with me will you.
Lieutenant, may I give
you a cup of coffee?
Would you like some coffee?
Will you make that girl get some
rest before she drops in her tracks.
How are you making out?
It's worth being wounded
to have her tend to it.
I feel alright, really.
You heard the doctor.
That's an order.
Just for an hour or two then.
I owe you a very great apology.
Having dragged you back here.
Of course, it's a fine time to tell you.
- Don't say that.
"This is a fine time to tell you."
Brad said that. Just before he died.
He was in love with you.
He said that too.
As for bringing me back, I expect in
your place I'd have done the same.
That's very generous of you to say so.
This was on the arrow.
There's something written on it, sir.
Find that scout. He can
read that mumbo-jumbo.
You'd better get the other officers too.
Is tomorrow to be the end of the world?
Major Kenniston's compliments, sir.
He wants you at once.
Get that sleep.
That's the long and short of it, Major.
You killed his son, and ..
In revenge, he demands the
lives of the officers involved.
He said he will spare the
others if he gets the officers.
- You can't take Satank's word, sir.
You know, he ..
He doesn't really want all of you.
What was your name again?
First Sergeant Joseph
Alhambra Pickens, sir.
Have the main gate open
for me in five minutes.
You don't intend to go
by yourself do you, sir?
I killed his son. Satank knows it.
Don't you think I'm an ample pound
of flesh for one scrawny savage?
The gate, Sergeant.
- Yes, sir.
You can't do this, sir.
Duffy, if ever you're in
command of a post like this ..
You'll find you do just as you please.
Take a lesson from
Lieutenant Tucker here.
You don't hear him protesting.
Frankly sir, I'm speechless.
I hadn't calculated you had it in you.
History records a number of officers born
north of the Mason-Dixon line, Lieutenant.
By the way.
An ironic twist of fate my having to
turn command of this post over to you.
You don't have to, sir.
There is Lieutenants Reynolds and Adams.
See that you take good care of my Post.
What's left of it.
There won't be any need for you to
keep your door locked any longer.
You were right of course.
There is nothing I wouldn't
have done to keep you with me.
[ Man screams! Very loud! ]
- Yes, sir.
Get a detail.
Go and bring in the Major's body.
- Yes, sir.
Lieutenant Reynolds. Is there any news?
I wouldn't go out there, Mrs Kenniston.
[ Bugle call! ]
Courier for Major Kenniston, sir.
Major Kenniston has been
killed in the line of duty.
Lieutenant Tucker is
temporarily in command.
You are not in good shape.
Sergeant Duffy will make you
as comfortable as possible.
Looks like you really had a bad one.
What's the news from outside, sir?
"Shortly before Christmas day."
"General Sherman completed
his march to the sea."
"The city of Savannah,
Georgia has surrendered."
The war is about done, folks.
The Confederacy is cut clean in half!
[ Singing: ]
"Mine eyes have seen the glory
of the coming of the Lord."
"He is trampling out the vintage
where the grapes of wrath are stored."
"He hath loosed the fateful lightning
of His terrible swift sword."
"His truth is marching on."
"Glory, glory hallelujah."
"Glory, glory hallelujah."
"Glory, glory hallelujah."
"His truth his marching on."
"Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
old times there are not forgotten."
"Look way, look away,
look away, Dixie Land."
"In Dixie Land where I was born
in, early on a frosty mornin'."
"Look away, look away, look away .."
Cy, of all people.
I imagine he'd like to tell me
that I brought him a long way to ..
Die for the Yankees.
I don't think he did that.
I don't think that any of them died
for the North or for the South.
Well, it doesn't matter to them now.
Was it true what the courier said,
that the war will soon be over?
Doesn't the end of war
have to be a beginning?
What will you do then, go home?
Who is trying to run and hide now?
I'm sorry. It was an
unk?nd thing to say.
I know how you must feel.
- It's alright, ma'am.
Look at them.
Already, they're starting to rebuild.
One battle and there is much to be done.
You are the Commandant of this Post now.
May I ask you a favor?
- You certainly may.
When you finish with all
you have to with the military ..
Could you spare me few workers?
My home is a shambles.
Just look at it.
Yes. I'll send you Sergeant Pickens.
- Thank you.
He used to be ? mason.
Todo ser? mejor ma?ana.
What does that mean?
That means: it will all
seem better tomorrow.