council members. His eyes meet Talmidge.
Talmidge appears confident.
John continues to look around the room.
The Cherokee Nation is in a weak
position this day. The Union has
not seen fit to protect this ally
and they have disarmed us. So,
today we vote for immediate death
or slow death. All in favor of the
alliance with the Confederate
States, say aye.
The council votes overwhelmingly for the confederates. John proceeds.
John Ross looks around the room. A single hand raises. Talmidge is proud. John slowly raises his own hand in defiance.
The general next to John pulls more papers from his coat and lays them in front of John.
Stan Watie stands in place and gloats.
John pulls a quill pen from the ink well in front of him and slowly signs the document.
As a matter of record, I sign
this under protest.
The Confederate general next to John takes the papers from the desk and puts them in his inside coat. John turns his back to the Confederate generals.
General Watie steps next to John while he gloats and starts to speak. John suddenly takes a holstered pistol from under