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John sees Talmidge wearing staff sergeant stripes. He walks in front of the Cherokee troops getting them in position to fight. John steps next to him.

JOHN ROSS

Have you spoken to the Creek Chief?

Talmidge nods.

TALMIDGE

He said the fight is with the white

soldiers, but they will honor our

decision to fight against them. He

said when this is over we will

council.

John looks down at the ground as he sadly recognizes the fate of the two tribes.

Talmidge hears the battle pick up in intensity. He and John look toward the front of the Creek fortress

In the distance a hundred Creek warriors hold firm while fighting with white troops in the front of their barricade.

John surveys the area. He dives into the river fully clothed and swims toward the fortress. John is immediately under fire from ten Creek warriors at the rear of the barricade.

John surprises Talmidge. He dives in to help. Talmidge swims to John as bullets hit around him. John pulls his pistol shooting at the Creek guards while he helps Talmidge out of the river. John waves to his troops to follow.

The troops dive in the water and swim for the opposite shore. They form in small squads and attack in waves as they go ashore on the other side.

Talmidge watches the troops charge the fortress. He turns and speaks while he stands beside John giving him the respect of a Chief and an officer.

TALMIDGE

I'd follow you to hell, John Ross.

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