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|J. Carrol Naish||Sitting Bull|
|Iron Eyes Cody||Crazy Horse|
|Douglas Kennedy||George Armstrong Custer|
|John Hamilton||Ulysses S. Grant|
Major Robert Parrish of the 7th Cavalry is considered by some to be his own worst enemy because he's not a "team player". Formerly one of the youngest Colonels in the Union Army during the American Civil War, he is now a company commander under Lt. Colonel (formerly Brevet Major General during the Civil War) George Armstrong Custer. His fiancée Kathy, daughter of Parrish's commanding general, breaks off their engagement because he has not risen in rank.Parrish gains no friends amongst the civilian community when he chastises them and threatens to "break heads" when they violate Sioux lands. Custer and Parrish's exasperated General and once prospective father-in-law reassigns Parrish and his company to the Bureau of Indian Affairs where Parrish is outraged at the treatment of the Indians and refuses to carry out the orders of the Indian Agent to shoot his escaping charges. Parrish is court maritaled and visits his former commanding general--now President of the United State--Ulysses S. Grant who demotes him to Captain. Parrish convinces the President to come to the Western frontier to meet Sitting Bull and prevent a war.Back in the West, now Captain Parrish meets Kathy who has announced her engagement with Charles Wentworth, a former major and now a war correspondent. Using captured Indians, including Sam, a former slave now a Sioux, Parrish meets with Sitting Bull who agrees to meet the President in a secret meeting. Further conflicts with the Sioux lead Custer to lead his Regiment out assigning Parrish to guard supplies.Following the Battle of the Little Bighorn that eliminates Custer, most of his men, and his romantic rival Wentworth, Parrish tries befriend Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. As Parrish knows the US Army's plan of attack, he leads the Sioux to safety in the North. Parrish is court martialed again, stripped of his rank, and sentenced to death by firing squad for treason.