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  • The Civil War has ended, but not for Jonas, a ruthless Confederate officer who wants to continue the fight by reorganizing Confederate troops in the Southwest with the support of a large sum of stolen money. He devises an elaborate ruse to allow his small party to travel with minimal scrutiny through hostile territory, for the money is hidden in a coffin said to contain the body of his dead son. Jonas' other sons travel with him along with a hired "widow", as they proceed to what they hope to be a new start to the War between the States. However, while en route, they face severe, ongoing strife among themselves and successive threats from Union soldiers, a posse of cowboys, and an Indian war party.

  • Aggrieved at the outcome of the senseless American Civil War, Colonel Jonas, the impenitent and war-seasoned Confederate commander of the Hellbenders battalion, envisions of reviving the Confederacy to be finally victorious. To fund his audacious plan, the Colonel along with his three sons manages to massacre an entire regiment of unsuspecting Union Soldiers who transport millions in banknotes and crams the cash in a wooden coffin. With the intention of riding all the way to Hondo River without raising suspicion, Jonas hires Claire, an alcoholic dance-hall girl, to pose as the widow of the deceased man in the coffin, however, the road is long and perilous, and there's already a warning about the cruel gang who slaughtered the soldiers. Do the remaining Hellbenders have a chance of reaching their goal?

  • An ex-Confederate and his sons plan to use stolen money as a way to revive the Confederacy.


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