When an ex-confederate soldier stops by the ranch, Lucas McCain offers him a meal and then a job. Frank Blandon was severely wounded in the war and bad surgery has left him with the use of only one arm. He's still traumatized by those events and occasionally will go off on a rant. Lucas soon welcomes others when General Sheridan arrives looking for a place to spend the night. It turns out that Blandon and Sheridan have met before, though the General has no recollection. It leads to a bit of soul searching on the part of both men.
Did You Know?
The Union General William T. Sheridan in this story is a combination of two famous Civil War heroes, William T. Sherman and Philip Sheridan. Both men served out west after the Civil War. See more
After Mark runs off after seeing Blandon's injuries, Lucas is talking with him and, at one point in the conversation, calls Blandon Bill Blandon. All through the story everyone refers to him as Frank. See more
Bye, Mr. Blandon! Be sure to come back when you're arm's all well.
I sure will.
Mark, I want you to tell me somethin' honest. Did you mean what you just said to Blandon?
Pa, he got me thinkin'... well, you was in the war, too. It could have been you got his arm all shot up.
Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his rifle and then stares into the camera. See more