The Horse Soldiers

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.

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.

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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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.


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.

Major Kendall: Now come off it Colonel, even you were born.

Union Soldier: They're just kids from a military school.
Soldier: Yeah, but they keep comin'.

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