Memory tells me the lead character was Glenn Ford. But now I questions that because I am having no luck finding this film.
The man returns home after a long absence (I believe he’s returning home from Civil War) to find a young, uneducated, hillbilly girl squatting in his cabin. He is kind hearted and doesn’t turn her out. Despite the neighbors/town talking of him shamefully allowing this young girl to live with him, he teaches the girl to read and to assimilate into society. Ultimately, under constant pressure from the town and the Pastor, they marry in the end.
Any help in identifying this film would be greatly appreciated.