The Horse Soldiers

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.

Trivia: The attack on John Wayne's troops by the school boys is based on fact, but unlike the film, the troops under the command of Col. Grienison turned and opened fire on them, killing most of them. He then led a charge back to the school and the small town. He killed all the teachers and the rest of the students and then killed all the people in the town. Grant said later he did not know about it until he was President. There is a monument to mark the place of the attack in Georgia.

Continuity mistake: 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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Col. John Marlowe: Kirby, you tangle with me, I'll have your hide.
Sgt. Maj. Kirby: You're welcome to that too sir, if it's in the line of duty.

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