The Horse Soldiers

Factual error: The train that pulls into Newton Station with Confederate soldiers has freight cars of modern construction. This can be seen by the newer type trucks, unlike the 'arch-bar' trucks of the period.

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Factual error: The movie takes place in 1863, however, the Union cavalry troops are equipped with Springfield "Trapdoor" carbines, a weapon not introduced until 1873.

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Factual error: Towards the end when the cavalry uncovers the American flag, it has 50 stars.

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Factual error: The movie takes place before the fall of Vicksburg which happened on July 4, 1863. Yet at the beginning of the movie there are two references to Andersonville (Camp Sumter), the notorious Confederate prison in Georgia. Andersonville did not receive its first prisoners until February, 1864.

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When Colonel Marlowe blows the bridge near the end of the film, a pair of spectacular explosions ensue, tossing planks and beams into the air. However, as Hannah Hunter gazes at his retreating form, the bridge is still intact.

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Trivia

This movie is based (loosely of course) on an actual Civil War raid led by Colonel Benjamin Grierson. See: "Grierson's Raid: A Cavalry Adventure of the Civil War" by Dee Brown.

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