Pharaoh's Army

Synopsis: During the American Civil War, a Union Army captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek to a remote farm to appropriate enemy (Confederate) livestock. The farm is worked by Sarah Anders, whose husband is away fighting for the Confederate Army. Far from the great armies and battlefields, a very private civil war erupts. The Captain and Sarah are pulled apart by the war's undertow into choices they can not fully control or understand. Each character in this drama must decide whether loyalty will be paid in blood. This story has a relevance to current partisan conflicts. Armies are not filled with murdering psychopaths. Good people can be driven to do bad things. The story chronicles the pathology of war, how escalating events can trigger unasked-for tragedy. Based on a true story about a southern child who shot and killed a union soldier during the Civil War.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Robby Henson
Production: Lionsgate
90 min

"Pharaoh's Army"

In the sweat of thy face

shalt thou eat bread

Till thou return

unto the ground,

For out of it we was taken.

Dust thou art,

And unto dust

shalt thou return.

Heavenly father,

Pick this child up

on the healing side.

Put the grave behind

For the promise

on the other side,

That she might live

and abide with you.

When sister died,

There weren't none but

women and old men to bury her.

All of the able-bodied men

Had gone off

to fight the Civil War.

I know something

about the Civil War.

The story

I'm about to tell is true

As best I remember it.

We buried sister

in the spring of 1862.

Later that night,

Some Yankee bastards

dug her up

And tossed her out

like a rag doll,

On account of Paps

siding with the south.

In these

Cumberland mountains

Down near

the Tennessee line,

Half the folks

sided with the south,

The other half

sided with the north,

The neighbors turned

against their neighbors,

And it was rough

through here.



We heard.

We can bury her again.

Israel can stand guard.

We're gonna

take her home.

There'll be hell

to pay.

So we brung sister

back home to our place

Up at the end

of Meshack Creek.

Ma was mad about things.

She held it in,

And we went on

With the work

of feeding ourselves.




Mama, men coming.


They'll steal

everything we got.

Will they hurt us?

Maybe not.

Go on! Go on!

Are you Sarah Anders?

I am.

Ma'am, they say

your husband's fighting

Against his country.

We have orders

to resupply

With contraband

from the enemy.

That means we'll take

forage provisions from you.

We got some hungry boys

down in Cumberland Gap.

I apologize

for your hardship.

How many you got here

with you?

How many?

Me and my boy.

Where is he?

Boy, you go stand

by your mother.

Come here.

Come here.

Ma'am, I will not hurt you

or your boy

If you give us no trouble.

All right.

Take no prisoners.

You got a nice place.

I got a piece

of bottomland

Across the River.

Ohio River.

Brown County, Ohio.

Raise hogs, corn,

sorghum, mostly.

You should stay there.



Uh, there weren't no hams

in the smokehouse.

And there's no cows or pigs

in the stall.

Just cow sh*t and pig sh*t.


see what's in there.

Mmm. Bread.

She don't own nigs.

He work like them.

What you think

he is fighting for?

Keep us from stealing

his chickens?

That's a good reason.


Johnny dog.


meet the elephant.


That a fresh grave?

I'll tell where

our cow is.

Well, I've seen

all kinds of hiding places.

She's up there.




A cow is

up there somewheres.

Neely, Chicago,

come on up.


we take the mule?



Ma'am, I apologize for

the things this war makes.




Oh! Oh, no!


I fell off!

I fell off!

I fell off!

Roll him on his side.

Rodie, keep

that leg still!

All right, somebody...

Somebody get him

something to bite.

Oh, no! No!

Here, Newt,

chew on this.

You all ready?

1, 2, 3!

Oh, no!

Let's get him

to the house.

It hurts! It hurts.

Spin him!

There's a damn dog

under the bed.

Well, I'll kill

the sum'b*tch!


rip up that pillowcase!

Yes, sir.

Ma'am, you got

some liniment oil?


You got some whisky?



can you boil water?

Get the turpentine

out of the harness shed.


get some water.

Neely, light

that damn fireplace.

Hold still!

What's she got

up there?

A ham and a rifle.


All right,

all right, soldier.

All right, all right.

Settle down.

It burns, don't it?

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