Bat Masterson (1958–1961)
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General Sherman's March Through Dodge City 

President Hayes is coming to Dodge City accompanied by General Sherman during an election stop. The Marshal will protect Hayes but he asking Bat to become a deputy to protect General Sherman in a town full of southern cowboys who hate him.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Luke (as Robert J. Stevenson)
Darlene Fields ...
Frank J. Scannell ...
Piano Player (scenes deleted)
Charles Crafts ...
Bartender (as Charlie Craft)
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Joseph Hamilton ...
President Rutherford B. Hayes (as Joe Hamilton)
Phyllis Coghlan ...
Mrs. Hayes - President's Wife


In 1880 while Bat is in Dodge City, Kansas General William T. Sherman, he of "Sherman's March to the Sea", appears to promote President Hayes's bid for re-election. The town is full of Texas cowboys just up from a trail drive and, while they're happy to rub elbows with the President, they'd be even more pleased to assassinate General Sherman. The town marshal, expecting trouble, deputizes Bat to be General Sherman's personal bodyguard. Bat makes the rounds of the city looking for people who may make trouble. He takes a derringer from Cherry a dancer who inadvertently gives Bat a hint where a cowboy named Luke is at. Luke along with his relatives are very anti-Sherman with one of them throwing eggs at the General. Bat tells them to leave town hoping that will end the threat. Sherman decides he wants to visit the hot spots of Dodge City that night. Bat escorts Sherman preventing some incidents on the tour. However, when he spots Luke's cousin still in town, his problems start. Written by David Bassler

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24 December 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The title alludes to Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's "March to the Sea" after he captured Altanta Georgia during the American Civil War and then ravaged the countryside between Atlanta and Savannah causing bitter resentment from Southerners. See more »


President Hayes did not run for re-election in 1880, as he promised during his inauguration three years earlier. In 1880, Republicans nominated Congressman James Garfield, who won the general election over Democrat Winfield Hancock. See more »


Narrator: Dodge City, Kansas. The year - 1880. The western frontier considered him among its most famous gamblers. Yet Bat Masterson found that one of his most famous gambles had nothing to do with cards.
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