“One Oath At A Time”
The audio link found on the Recruiting Tent page is a quote by John Wayne, starring as Ethan Edwards in the 1956 film classic “The Searchers”, directed by John Ford. Edwards, a Confederate veteran returning to his brother’s Texas ranch three years after the end of the war, gives his reply to an old compatriot, Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton (Ward Bond), when asked to swear an oath to become a Texas Ranger.
The quote has been added to this website because the context is pertinent to the topic of recruiting and reflects the “unreconstructed” philosophy codified in the By-Laws of the Lexington Rifles.
“The Searchers” was named the greatest American western by the American Film Institute in 2008, and it placed 12th on its 2007 list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time. In 1989, it was selected by the U.S. Congress for preservation in its National Film Registry.