The troops mumble and slowly mount up then ride in all directions doing their work of burning the entire village.
Two soldiers dismount from their cavalry horses and pluck blazing sticks from the campfire and touch them to the dwellings.
In moments the entire village is flaming. Screams are heard in the background.
An old Cherokee woman runs from a burning cabin. She is cut down by rifle fire from out of nowhere.
The remaining soldiers begin to throw bodies into the flames to complete the task of clean up.
Prince suddenly looks at the distant knoll above him.
A shadowed image of a man with a bright turban on his head moves quickly across the rough hillside. The sergeant yells out.
Scout on the Horizon, Sir!
BACK TO SCENE
Sevier yells to his men.
Form a perimeter. Corporal Conroy,
Private Baxter, get that scout
before any war paties find out where
CONROY and BAXTER, two mid-twenties athletic looking enlisted men ride out at full speed in pursuit of the Indian scout.
EXT. WOODS NEAR CHEROKEE VILLAGE
The shadowed image on the hillside is JOHN ROSS, a late teen’s part Cherokee with light skin and brown hair. He quickly hides in a small cave with a narrow entrance that is hidden behind some bushes.