The unit depicted in the series, the 5th Cavalry, was an actual regiment in the US army. It fought in the Mexican War and the US Civil War and afterwards served in the Indian campaigns in Nebraska and Kansas. Among its members were future Confederate General Robert E. Lee (who was a lieutenant colonel at the time) and William F. Cody, better known as "Buffalo Bill Cody", who served as a scout. See more »
I remember this series quite well. Even though I was only about 10 when it came out, I remember thinking that this was different from all the other westerns I used to watch. It was definitely more for adults than, say, "Wild Bill Hickok" or "Hopalong Cassidy", and even us kids could appreciate it (my friends and I watched it religiously). It was a tough, gritty show, and didn't--as many westerns often did--romanticize the role of the cavalry trooper in western history, but showed it as the dirty, difficult and often dangerous job it really was. John Pickard, the lead, had been a reliable character actor in westerns for many years--not quite up to the level of Jim Davis, for example, but close--and he fit the part of the tough cavalry sergeant like a glove. A very good show that unfortunately didn't last as long as it deserved.
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