William Colton rides into a town one month after Appomatox. Inside, there is a young man, not much more than a boy, who is talking really tough. An old man fresh out of a prison camp is there as well. The old man, Ab Nichols, fought for the Confederacy, and is offended when the young drunk, Jody Merriman, desecrates the Confederate flag. That's when Colton gets involved. As he fights for this man's honor, he remembers back to the last day of the Civil War and another young man he came face-to-face with.
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Son, you got two places to go. First to a doctor to get that cleaned out. Then to a minister to thank the good Lord that you're still breathing.
You could've gone six inches lower. You could've killed me. You had your chance. What happened?
I had my chance once before.