Lieutenant Tom Cantrell is sent to defend Sergeant Braxton Rutledge, a black cavalry soldier, on a charge of rape and murder. The story begins in a courtroom and it is told through flashbacks. This is a story of how a black soldier in the face of danger from the Indians can be so easily mistaken as a criminal.
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When everyone is inside Spindle Station and the 1st Sergeant is already in handcuffs Lt. Cantrell orders the men to search Sgt. Rutledge, etc. then barks a command to "tie him up". There's no binding at the wrists (only the cuffs) and Rutledge walks out without his ankles bound. Not a piece of rope in sight. See more
Lt. Tom Cantrell
Mary, when I got word at Fort Linton that the Apaches were in this district and that I'd left you alone, I was really...
Not alone. Sergeant Rutledge was here. And no officer could have protected a woman more gallantly!
Referenced in John Ford et Monument Valley
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