Approved | | Crime, Western
Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.
Lt. Cantrell supplies Mary Beecher with a somewhat sanitized albeit understandable explanation of the term "buffalo soldier," stating that plains Indians applied the term to African-American soldiers upon seeing them in buffalo-hide coats and hats. In reality, the Indians referred to black troops as "buffalo soldiers" because the soldiers' woolly hair reminded them of the look and consistency of the animals' shaggy coats. No racism was implied in the term, as the Indians held the bison as sacred and the perceived kinship between black soldiers and the bison caused the Indians to both respect and fear the troopers.
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...
Mary Beecher: Not alone. Sergeant Rutledge was here. And no officer could have protected a woman more gallantly!
When Lt. Cantrell is holding a picture of the young Miss Lucy Dabney over her dead body, he moves the picture out of camera frame, and you can see her moving her right eyelid.
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