Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Fort Pierce Story 

As the wagon train reaches Fort Pierce it is in dangerous Indian country. Chris is hoping the Army will provide an escort when they leave, but the Colonel refuses due to Army orders. In fact, he wants the lone woman there to leave with the train.

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Cooper Smith
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Christopher Hale
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Charlie Wooster
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The Chris Hale wagon train is reaching Fort Pierce after traveling through some of the most barren and desolate country so far on the trip. Everyone is anxious to arrive there for some downtime and celebrations. In addition Chris Hale is good friends with Captain Paul Winters and his wife Nancy who are stationed there. Due to orders from Washington limiting the manpower available, Colonel Lathrop denies Chris Hale's request for a military escort for the wagon train as it travels through hostile Indian territory when it leaves Fort Pierce. However, he does order Captain Winters to send his wife with Hale on the train. As the only woman at the fort, Nancy Winters is drowning her fear about her husband's safety, and her sorrow over the death of her infant child, in alcohol. Lathrop finds her attitude and behavior distracting to the discipline of Captain Winters who is from an old military family with a long tradition to uphold. Written by rbecker28

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23 September 1963 (USA)  »

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The Wife And The Wagon Train
1 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Ann Blyth who made a few appearances on Wagon Train, I'm guessing the producers liked her made her final appearance in this episode along with Ronald Reagan. In point of fact Reagan was doing one of his last acting jobs before eschewing movies and TV for politics.

Reagan and Blyth are a troubled husband and wife who have lost their baby. Blyth is drinking a lot now, but she perks up with the news that old friend John McIntire is bringing his wagon train to their post. It's the last stop before some serious Indian country and the Indians are banding together and starting to make some serious war.

There's a martinet colonel played by John Doucette who is strict about obeying orders to husband his forces at Fort Pierce and hunker down in a defensive posture. That means no escort for McIntire's train and it's too late to turn back before winter snows set in. And Doucette is also serious about getting Blyth off the post as her alcoholism is getting to be a nuisance.

Reagan is worried about both the wife and the wagon train. In the end though he decides what his duty should be.

There are a couple of other nice guest star performances from Kathie Browne and Ron Hayes, a young couple with the wagon train. She's expecting, and Blyth practically adopts them.

Nice episode all around exploring the conflict that can come from both duty and conscience.


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