Colonel Mackenzie, the commander of the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Clark, Texas in 1873, receives secret order from President U.S. Grant to stop Mexican bandits from crossing the Rio ...
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Colonel Mackenzie, the commander of the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Clark, Texas in 1873, receives secret order from President U.S. Grant to stop Mexican bandits from crossing the Rio Grande River into the U.S. or from returning to Mexico. Written by
J.E. McKillop <email@example.com>
MACKENZIE'S RAIDERS was a syndicated western series that ran for a total of 39 episodes during 1958-59. The series had Richard Carlson playing the lead, US Cavalry officer Ranald S MacKenzie. Mackenzie is in charge of a Cavalry unit based at Fort Clark in southwest Texas in the 1873. It is the job of the unit to stop the raids into the US from Mexico by roving bands of outlaws.
In this episode, the first of the series, Carlson and his men are in pursuit of a band of cut-throats who just raided a ranch on the American side of the Rio Grande. They robbed the ranch of any valuables and killed the family living there. They are now hot footing it back to Mexico and safety. The bandits have managed to capture one of Carlson's men.
The bandits reach the Rio Grande and cross before Carlson can catch them. Carlson of course cannot cross in pursuit as this is against international law. The bandits know this and all get a laugh out of it. They ride on further taking the captured trooper with them. Carlson and his men return to Fort Clark for fresh mounts and some grub. Visiting the fort is the Secretary of War, Jean Louis Heydt.
Heydt has secret orders for Carlson from US President Grant. Carlson is to use whatever means needed to stop the lawlessness in the area. This includes crossing the Rio Grande if needed. There is a slight problem with this part of the orders. The Government will deny the order if MacKenzie (Carlson) or any of his men are caught in Mexico.
Carlson handpicks a half dozen top men for a night time sortie over the Rio Grande. Carlson intends to find the captured trooper and bring him home. The raid goes without a hitch as the last thing the bandit types were expecting is a visit by the Cavalry. Carlson and company kill most of the outlaws and rescue their man.
The real Colonel Ranald MacKenzie was posted in the same area during the 1870's. He was a decorated officer for the Union Army during the late Civil War between the States.
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