Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Major Adams Story: Part 1 

During the Civil War Charlie Wooster joins Bill Hawks under the command of Major Seth Adams. When Adams is seriously wounded saving Hawks's life he must struggle to survive, while dreaming of the girl he left behind.




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Episode cast overview:
Col. Hillary
Dr. Jenner (as Herbert C. Lytton)
Rankin Mansfield ...
Stage Depot Manager
Ted O'Shea ...
Stanton (as Bob Anderson)


The train stops to allow Adams to spend time at the grave of the woman Ranie Webster that was Adams's love before he went to war. He has multiple levels of flashbacks as he remembers going off to war wanting to marry her but she refused until he returned. Adams and Hawks went to war together and met Wooster there as a replacement in their unit. Adams was severely wounded saving Hawks. When he thought he wouldn't survive he decided not to response to Ranie's letters leaving her to think he was dead so she married. Adams recovers from his wounds and returns home to find Ranie married. He along with Hawks and Wooster go west. On one of the trips, Ranie joins the train to the surprise of Adams who learns her husband has died but she still loves Seth. Written by Anonymous

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23 April 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The lost love of Major Adams
28 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Wagon Train episode has the Train stopping at a grave-site where Ward Bond can visit with his lost love. Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson who go back to the Civil War with Bond and served with him when he was really a Major Adams tell Robert Horton the reason for the visit.

The story is told in multiple levels of flashback though not like the famous Humphrey Bogart classic Passage To Marseilles. Bond organized a militia company that was activated for the Civil War. Wilson was a sergeant and an old recruit Charlie Wooster who couldn't shoot worth a damn was made a cook.

Not to tell too much of the story, but Bond saves Wilson's life and gets wounded in the spine during the process. He has a long convalescence and decides not to tell the woman whom he was courting about his wound.

Virginia Grey who plays Ranie Webster the lost love of Major Adams wouldn't marry him before the war and now goes off and marries someone else thinking him dead. The husband is really killed in the war, but the romance between Grey and Adams died as well.

Ward Bond who never played romantic parts in his long movie career was at his most romantic courting Grey. As for Grey she's quite the regal beauty and you can see why Bond gets dewy eyed at the thought of her.

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