SUMMARY OF MOVIE:
During a US Civil War battle, Union Army Officer Lieutenant John J. Dunbar learns that his injured leg is to be amputated. Seeing fellow soldiers with amputated legs, he refuses amputation and attempts suicide by riding a horse across the line of fire, between the Union and Confederate. His action has the unexpected effect of uniting his mates, who storm the distracted Confederates and win the battle. After the battle, an experienced general's surgeon saved Dunbar's leg. The commanding officer recognizes Dunbar as a hero and gives him Cisco, the horse who carried him in battle, and offers Dunbar his choice of posting. He was anxious to see the Western frontier before it ended so he requested to transfer west. After a long journey, Dunbar arrives with supplies at the desolate Fort Sedgwick, finding it deserted except for a lone wolf that Dunbar later befriends and names Two Socks, because of the coloring of its front legs. Dunbar, while waiting for reinforcements to arrive, sets about bringing order to the deserted post, left in complete disarray by its previous occupants. Meanwhile, Dunbar’s companion left to go back to the city, in attempt to ask for assistance of Dunbar’s post, is ambushed by Pawnee Indians and scalped. His companion’s death and the suicide of the major who sent them there prevents Union officers from knowing of Dunbar's assignment to the post, effectively isolating Dunbar. He remains unaware of the full situation and its implications. He notes in his journal how strange it is that no more soldiers join him at the post. He initially encounters Sioux neighbors when the tribe's medicine man, Kicking Bird, fumbles upon the fort while Dunbar bathes out of sight, and, assuming it abandoned, attempts to capture Dunbar’s horse, Cisco. After Dunbar scares off Kicking Bird, he is confronted by an aggressive warrior named Wind in His Hair, who declares that he is not scared of the white man. Eventually, Dunbar establishes a...
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