Since Flint is still recovering from a shoulder injury from an Indian arrow, the Major takes over the scouting duties and lets Flint run the train while they cross the desert Shoshone territory. Flint's first dispute is the desire of the rabid abolitionist Thaddeus Field for Roy Pelham to remove permanently his Confederate flag. Flint resolves the issue by noting it is after dusk so no flag should fly. However, it does not settle Mr. Field's issue with Roy courting his daughter Harriet. Harriet tries to avoid Roy and turns her attention to John Wilbot who is an avid reader of books with good looks but a pronounced limp. Her girl friends are also attracted to him and "borrow" one of his books on Shakespeare. Harriet and her father find a news story in the book about the death of John Wilkes Booth. Mr. Field jumps to the conclusion that Wilbot is really Booth and asks Flint to put him in chains. After much discussion on the train and a threat to split the train over the issue, Wilbot ... Written by
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Tyler McVey reads an account of the death of John Wilkes Booth and says that two accomplices were caught and Booth's fatal wound was identical with Abraham Lincoln's. The wound was not identical to Lincoln's and eight conspirators, not two, were captured, tried, and found guilty. See more