Two soldiers take down a sign - "CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY
HEADQUARTERS, CHEROKEE NATION, GENERAL STAN WATIE COMMANDING."
Stan Watie stands near the sign. He surrenders his sword to a Union general. His troops wait unarmed in the background.
John and Baxter stop at a large army garrison tent with the sides rolled up. A long table lined with chairs is inside.
COMMISSIONER BLAKE, A thin mean looking man stands at the head of the table, with twenty-five people listening.
John dismounts and walks slowly to the tent.
Blake looks at John as he enters.
John sits. Talmidge, walks in holding papers. He sits behind John and leans forward whispering to John.
(hands the papers to John)
These are the papers of the Washington
committee. They leave us blameless.
The Commissioner begins to speak.
Well gentlemen here's your demise.
The Cherokee Nation is guilty of
crimes of succession from the United
States. With that act comes many
Talmidge and John continue to quietly talk as the commissioner speaks. John shows anger for the first time.
Sir, My nation has committed no
(holds up the papers)
This U. S. Congressional inquiry