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In 1866 Wyoming, a frontier scout tries to prevent a war between the Sioux and the U.S. when the Army builds a road and a fort on territory previously ceded to the Sioux by treaty.
The main action towards the end re-enacts the '"Fetterman Fight" (aka "Fetterman Massacre"), an actual event that took place in December 21 1866. The basic facts are correct--reinforcements are set to protect a wagon train of soldiers gone to collect wood. However, the numbers of troops involved and their disposition are incorrect. Fetterman had 49 infantry (none in this film) and 27 cavalry as part of his detachment (all were killed). Similarly there were significantly more Indians attacking them. As the fight occurred in December, there were areas of snow and ice in the higher areas around the fort. No secondary attack took place against a relief force.
I have to keep moving. Got iron in my blood. If I sit still, I rust.
When Dan (played by Tom Tully) gets shot with an arrow, it hits the side of his left pectoral. Later when they show him, it's sticking straight out front.