It’s all right, put your gun
Baxter hesitates for a moment and then holsters his weapon.
John takes a twenty dollar gold piece from his pocket and leans forward handing it to the bad man.
The man gently takes the money.
John scolds him in the Cherokee language.
You’re not fooling anybody with
that bad English. Bury your friend
and get a job so you can feed your
The man nods and speaks in Cherokee as he goes to his dead friend.
ROUGH MAN TWO
I am Sorry Chief Ross.
John and Baxter ride on and pass by a newly freed and tattered slave, his wife and four children walk beside the road.
They next pass a Cherokee man wearing parts a Union uniform. He sits on the side of the road with no legs and missing one arm. A one armed Confederate soldier helps him unwrap some food.
John sits back in the saddle looking sad and defeated.
Baxter looks at him.
It's over now, sir. We've all learned
a poor lesson. The wounds will heal.
EXT. TAHLEQUAH, CAPITOL CITY
John and Baxter pass the Union army headquarters brick