|Genres||Drama Short War|
|Cast||Gertrude Claire Richard Stanton Frank Borzage Frank Newburg|
|Plot||Jefferson Davis refuses to permit the enlistment of old Judge Morton in the Confederate Army, and his enthusiasm is slightly wounded. Judge Morton's son, Dick, is not of the same caliber as his father, but is the petted darling of his mother. When Dick calls upon his sweetheart, Betty Reed, he learns that she is very much interested in Jim Cobly, who is dressed in a fine new Confederate uniform. When Jim leaves, Betty and Dick have a quarrel, and, while she confesses that she loves him, she reprimands him severely for his cowardice. Burning under the vitriolic criticism of his sweetheart, Dick musters up courage to enlist, which pleases his old father. He is placed in the company which is in charge of Captain Jim Cobly. It is not long before the men know what actual warfare is, and the Confederate losses are heavy. Judge Morton is appointed a colonel by General Lee with instructions to recruit a regiment, and he takes up his task with enthusiasm. A bomb bursts near Dick and many men are killed and blown to pieces. An arm hits Dick in the face and he becomes stricken with fear and finally deserts his company. He is shot at and wounded by his comrades, but the advancing Unions prevent them from following him. He reaches home and tells his mother why he deserted. His mother later learns that a squad of soldiers are tracing her son and knowing the fate that would befall him if they were to catch him, orders that the old Negro servant break the windows and smash the furniture to make it appear as if they were attacked by Unions, and to make it look more realistic she shoots herself in the arm. The soldiers arrive and Dick tells them that he fought a number of Unions single handed. The sergeant believes him and declares that he will make a favorable report for him. A troop of raiding Northern soldiers is on its way, however, and Col. Trent receives word of it and finding that they are headed toward Charlton, his home, orders a troop of cavalry and rushes toward Charlton. Two Confederate scouts take refuge in the Morton home, and when the Northern soldiers reach there they find the house barricaded. The scouts, firing from the windows, hold them off, but the house is riddled with bullets. There seems to be no hope, and Dick, suddenly fired with courage by the pitiable condition of his mother, determines to break through the Union lines and secure help. A dead soldier lies near the house, and he leaps from the window into a tree, cautiously climbs down, and, unseen by the Union soldiers, manages to change uniforms with the dead man. Rushing out to the front, where the doors are being battered down, he cries out: "A large force of Confederates is coming!" Dick is quickly questioned, and deludes the Northern officer, who decides to retreat. Dick has no chance to escape, and is compelled to go away with them. Around a bend in the road Col. Morton and his troops madly gallop. The Union soldiers wheel their horses and try to escape. Col. Morton takes careful aim at Dick and fires, and Dick falls heavily from his horse. His father is horrified when he recognizes Dick, thinking that Dick, in his blue uniform, is a traitor. The old Negro finds Dick, and carries his lifeless body in the house. Mrs. Morton rushes toward her son, but is stopped by the Colonel who says: "Don't touch him, he is a traitor!" With breaking heart, the mother springs to the defense of her son, and the Colonel learns that Dick was indeed a hero.... search for A Dixie Mother on IMDb|
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