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(continuing)

John, I had hoped for good news.

I tried to negotiate a trade for

prisoners that would bring our

soldiers home and send their boy’s

back to them. One of the boys on

that list was your son.

John is hopeful.

LINCOLN

(continuing)

I'm afraid I have bad news. Your

son died in the confederate prison

camp fighting for freedom.

John stares at the fire in the large marble faced fire place with large tears in his eyes.

      JOHN ROSS (V.O.)

As you may imagine I was defeated

at that moment. I couldn't talk or

think. I had seen very little of

my sons since they had gone ahead

of us with relatives to Oklahoma.

John is stunned. He stares at the marble fireplace for a moment and then stands and walks out.

INT. WHITE HOUSE HALL

He walks past the guards to his room and goes inside.

INT. JOHN ROSS WHITE HOUSE BEDROOM

The room is lit from another high burning fireplace that cast it's shadow on the elegant walls and furniture. John sits in a corner grieving for his son. He speaks softly to himself.

JOHN ROSS

God, why do you allow this? My son

did not deserve to die.

John appears strong. He looks over at his dresser.

He sees a picture of Quatie and his two sons, taken when

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