An Army deserter is found and injured on Shiloh after he was whipped by the commanding officer - his father. Being a bugler he gives Elizabeth lessons on a coronet she has found until the Graingers learn the truth about him from the Army.



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Episode cast overview:
Trampas (credit only)
Jim Horn (credit only)
Toby Hamilton
Col. Mark Hamilton
Sergeant O'Rourke
Mercer Harris ...
Lt. Ben Carver
Lt. Mike Buehl
Harper Flaherty ...
Scott Perry ...
Drill Sergeant


The Virginian finds a man dead from a Kiowa arrow and an Army canteen by him. He runs into an Army patrol who identify the man as Lt. Ben Carver for whom they are looking. At Carver's funeral Private Toby Hamilton refuses to play taps. For that he is sentenced to 18 lashes for each year of his life by his commanding officer who does the whipping. Toby deserts from the army due to what he considers unfair treatment by the commanding officer who happens to be his father. He is found injured on Shiloh and the Graingers take him in to recover. He is a well-trained bugler and attracts Elizabeth's attention because she is trying to learn to play a coronet. Toby and Elizabeth become close friends as they keep an eye on her mare Patches ready to foal. Toby plans on taking an east bound train from Medicine Bow until Clay is told by an Army patrol lead by Lt. Mike Buehl that Toby deserted and that he is Mark Hamilton's son. Clay wants to determine the truth when he learns Toby is a deserter as ... Written by Anonymous

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19 November 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Sergeant O'Rourke: [to Toby Hamilton] Assume the position for punishment.
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