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forest. Ridge's warriors kill four marauding soldiers as they move into the woods and disappear.

The raid continues. Soldiers slash more victims until every village person that can be found is dead.

The pace has finally slowed. SERGEANT NATHAN PRINCE, a late twenties essence of frontier soldier rides through the village giving orders.

PRINCE

Check the dug-outs, no survivors.

Five Cherokee are crumpled in the shallow river crossing where they fell trying to escape.

Their blood flows into the water forming red swirls.

The battle is down to two warriors and a woman with child. The warriors wait guarding the woman.

Four Cavalry horsemen charge. The warriors defend the woman and child fiercely. They are quickly killed with sabers.

Casteel rides beside Sevier as he surveys the battlefield.

SEVIER

Burn it, Captain Casteel.

Casteel hesitates. He thought they had seen enough blight. Casteel then turns and yells out to Sergeant Prince.

CASTEEL

(continuing)

Sergeant Prince! Burn it. Leave

nothing that can be used.

The Captain moves his horse out and rides across the destroyed village. The sergeant turns his horse and goes about his duty.

He rides in front of a few soldiers that are off of their horses resting nearby.

PRINCE

You heard the captain! Burn it.

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