A group of cavalry men defy orders to destroy hundreds of army horses. Having disobeyed a direct order, the men are pursued by the military, but now the bullets aren't just aimed at the horses.
As soldiers they were taught to fight for honor. As men they were willing to die for it.
Did You Know?
The names of the sergeants are the same as those used for the sergeants in Fort Apache (1948) except they are spelled differently. Some the names were also used in other John Ford films. One of of the sergeants in this film was named Quinlan; there is no sergeant named Quinlan in any John Ford or John Wayne film, but Ford did use the name "Quincannon" in several of his military-themed films. See more
On the campaign ("Smokey the Bear") hat, US Army officers did not wear the large US Coat of Arms insignia that was worn on the visored garrison cap. The black and gold acorn cord was sufficient indication that the wearer was an officer. See more
Sgt. Thomas Mulcahey
Indians riding Cavalry mounts? My grandaddy'd never forgive me!
Sgt. James Shattuck
Well, when you get to hell... don't tell him.