Belle Boyd - Siren of the Shenandoah by efw18411

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									BELLE BOYD - SIREN OF THE SHENANDOAH

                 BY

            FRANK FUSCO
FADE IN:

INT.   RAILROAD CAR - DAY

BELLE BOYD, a well dressed, high-spirited, impulsive seventeen
year old, is seated in a train car crowded with people.

Sitting across from Belle is a middle-aged, slovenly farm
woman eating her lunch.

                       FARM WOMAN
           Are you hungry, dear? Would you
           like a piece of chicken?

                       BELLE
           No, thank you. I just want to get
           home. Now that the war has started
           I want to be with my family.

                       FARM WOMAN
           Me and my mister work the land and
           raise chickens. Let the politicians
           fight the war, that's what I say.

HENRY WILKENS, the railroad conductor, walks down the aisle
and stops beside Belle.

                       HENRY WILKENS
           Nice to see you again, Belle.

                       BELLE
           Hello, Mister Wilkens.

                        HENRY WILKENS
           Guess the war brings you back to
           Martinsburg.

                       BELLE
           The students were sent home.    Everyone
           was confused and scared.

                       HENRY WILKENS
           My son Clarence enlisted. He signed
           up for the regiment that Colonel
           Jackson is setting up at Harper's
           Ferry. The same one your father's
           in.

                       BELLE
               (astonished)
           My father enlisted?

                       HENRY WILKENS
           He didn't write?
                                                           2.

                       BELLE
           Well, he might have. The mail is
           helter-skelter what with the war and
           all.

                       HENRY WILKENS
           Your father is a good man and he'll
           make a fine soldier.

                       BELLE
           If the army took women, I'd go with
           him.

                       HENRY WILKENS
           I bet you would. You always had
           spunk.

                       BELLE
           If I can't be a soldier I'll do
           something. I don't know what but
           I'll do something.

TRAIN WHISTLE SOUNDS.

                       HENRY WILKENS
           Well, here we are. Excuse me, Miss
           Boyd, I have to tend to my duties.
           Good day.

Wilkens   heads for the front of the train

                       BELLE
           Good bye, Mister Wilkens.

EXT.   RAILROAD STATION - MARTINSBURG - SAME DAY - LATER

Belle exits the train and greets her father BEN BOYD, a kindly
man in his thirties, and her sister MARY, a sincere and well-
meaning fourteen-year-old.

The reunion is loving and affectionate.

                       BELLE
           Oh, papa, I missed you and mama so
           much!

                       MARY
           And what about me?

Belle hugs Mary.

                       BELLE
           Of course you too.   How could I not.

Belle turns back to her father.
                                                         3.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           Mister Wilkens said you enlisted.

                       BEN BOYD
           I'll tell you all about it when we
           get home. Your mother can't wait to
           see you.

Belle, Ben and Mary leave the train station.

INT.   BOYD HOME - DINING ROOM - SAME DAY - LATER

Belle, Ben, Mary and MRS. BOYD, a proud, family-oriented
woman in her thirties are seated at the dining room table
eating dinner. ELIZA, a young black girl, is serving food.

                       BELLE
           Why can't I join the army?

                       BEN BOYD
               (laughing)
           There's plenty for you to do right
           here while I'm gone.

                       MARY
           We can sew uniforms and nurse the
           soldiers when they're hurt in battle.

                       BEN BOYD
           And Belle, I've got a special
           assignment just for you.

                         BELLE
           What is it?

                       BEN BOYD
           Helping Mister Meaders in the store.

                         BELLE
           The store?

                       BEN BOYD
           We can't afford to let the store go
           down hill while I'm gone.

                       BELLE
           But papa, Mister Meaders is an old
           stick in the mud. He never says
           more than hello and maybe goodbye if
           the mood strikes him. And he never
           smiles.

                       BEN BOYD
           I'm counting on you, Belle.
                       (MORE)
                                                    4.

                      BEN BOYD (CONT'D)
          You'll figure a way to get along
          with Mister Meaders. I'm sure that
          fancy school in Baltimore taught you
          how to get along with everybody.

                      MRS. BOYD
          I know the customers would rather
          have a pretty girl like you waiting
          on them instead of Mister stuck-in-
          the mud.

All laugh except Belle who smiles half-heartedly.

                      BEN BOYD
          The regiment leaves in the morning.
          Our scouts tell us that the Yankees
          are mobilizing for a march into
          Western Virginia. When they come,
          they'll come at the Martinsburg
          railroad lines.

                      MARY
          Why the railroad?

                      BEN BOYD
          The railroad is important for moving
          men and supplies to the military
          posts. It's important that our scouts
          keep us posted on the movement of
          the Union troops.

                      BELLE
          What does a scout do?

                      BEN BOYD
          A scout gathers information. Finds
          out where the enemy is; which
          direction he's moving and how many
          troops he's got.

                      BELLE
          Is it like spying?

                      BEN BOYD
          Something like that.

                      BELLE
          It sounds exciting.    Can I be a spy?

                      BEN BOYD
          I don't think so. It's dangerous.
          But on second thought, if you really
          want to be a spy you can start
          tomorrow.
                                                            5.

                         BELLE
           Really?

                       BEN BOYD
           You can spy on Mister stuck-in-the
           mud and report back to your mother.

Hearty laughter from all except Belle who wrinkles her nose
at her father.

                         BELLE
           Oh, papa.

INT.   BELLE'S BEDROOM - NEXT DAY - EARLY MORNING

Belle is sleeping as Ben Boyd, dressed in a Confederate
uniform, enters the room, walks to the bed and sits down.

                         BEN BOYD
           Belle?

Disturbed by her father's voice, Belle opens her eyes.

                         BELLE
           Daddy?    What is it?

                       BEN BOYD
           I came to say goodbye.

Belle sits up and hugs her father.

                       BELLE
           I wish you didn't have to go.

                       BEN BOYD
           I'll be back soon. The politicians
           will figure a way to end this war
           before it heats up.

                         BELLE
           I hope so.

Belle hugs her father as they exchange tender words.

                       BEN BOYD
           Do you remember the pistol you gave
           me for my birthday?

                         BELLE
           Yes.

                       BEN BOYD
           I put it in the dining room table
           under some papers, just in case.
                                                           6.

                       BELLE
           Why?

                       BEN BOYD
           I have to go, sweetheart.   I love
           you.

Ben Boyd kisses Belle and hurriedly leaves the room.

EXT.   BOYD'S EMPORIUM - NEXT DAY - MORNING

Visible over the store is a sign: "BOYD'S EMPORIUM"

Belle is seen walking down the street and entering the store.

INT.   STORE - MOMENTS LATER

MR. MEADERS, a somber and sullen middle-aged man is busy
unpacking boxes.

                       BELLE
           Good morning, Mister Meaders.

                       MR. MEADERS
           Morning.

                       BELLE
           My father asked me to help out while
           he's gone. Is there anything special
           you want me to do?

                       MR. MEADERS
           I told your father I didn't need any
           help.

                       BELLE
           There must be something I can do.

                       MR. MEADERS
           Well, since you're here you might as
           well make yourself useful and
           straighten up the back room. I don't
           have time for it.

                       BELLE
           I'll see to it.

Belle walks to the back of the store and looks at the items
strewn about, cleans up and walks to the front of the store.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           It's all cleaned up, Mister Meaders.
           Is there anything else I can do?
                                                           7.

Mr. Meaders, with his back to Belle, continues unloading
boxes.

                      MR. MEADERS
          You can stop this war.

                      BELLE
          I don't understand.

Meaders turns and faces Belle.

                      MR. MEADERS
          What is this war about?

Belle is surprised by the question.

                      BELLE
          The Northern girls at school kept
          talking about how wrong slavery is.

                     MR. MEADERS
          And you? What do you think the war
          is about.

                      BELLE
          I'm not sure.

                      MR. MEADERS
          It's about killing. That's what any
          war is about. I saw my share of it
          in the Mexican War. Until you see a
          man dead or dying of bullet wounds
          you won't know what any war is about.

                      BELLE
          I didn't know.

                      MR. MEADERS
          You're too busy fussing with your
          hair and wearing pretty clothes to
          know anything. I have to get back
          to work.

Meaders turns and starts to unpack a box.

Belle, surprised by this reprimand, quietly leaves the store.

INT. BOYD HOME - SITTING ROOM - SAME DAY - LATER

Mrs. Boyd and Mary are busy sewing uniforms as Belle enters
the sitting room.

                      BELLE
          Hello you two. What are you doing?
                                                          8.

                      MARY
          We're sewing buttons on these
          uniforms. All the ladies of
          Martinsburg are sewing and tomorrow
          we're going to knit socks.

                      MRS. BOYD
          How are things at the store?

                      BELLE
          Did you know that Mister Meaders was
          in the Mexican War?

                      MRS. BOYD
          I heard mention of it.     He doesn't
          talk about it.

                      BELLE
          Mister Meaders says that war is about
          killing and dying.

                        MARY
          Mama.

                      MRS. BOYD
          Nobody's going to get killed around
          here.

Mrs. Boyd glances quickly at Belle.

                      MRS. BOYD (CONT'D)
          Don't just stand there. Take a
          uniform and start sewing.

                        BELLE
          Yes, ma'am.

Belle sits, picks up a uniform and exchanges a look with her
mother.

                      MRS. BOYD
              (smiling at Mary)
          Mary, would you go over to Missus
          Quick's house and get some more
          buttons for these uniforms?

Mary puts down her sewing and stands.

                      MARY
          All right, mama..     I'll come right
          back.

Mary leaves.
                                                             9.

                      MRS. BOYD
          I don't want talk of killing and
          dying.

                        BELLE
          I'm sorry.    It's just that...

Mrs. Boyd interrupts.

                      MRS. BOYD
          Mary is scared. We all are. She
          thinks its fun sewing these damn
          buttons on.

Mrs. Boyd starts to cry.

                      MRS. BOYD (CONT'D)
          I pray God keeps him safe. If
          anything happened to him I...

BOOMING cannon fire is heard.     Both women are startled.

                        BELLE
          My God!    What was that?

Belle quickly runs to the front door and opens it to see
Confederate soldiers running down the street.

GUN FIRE is heard.

EXT. BOYD HOME - PORCH - CONTINUING

Mrs. Boyd and Eliza have joined Belle on the porch.

                          BELLE
          Papa!   Papa!

Ben Boyd sees Belle and her mother and runs up to the     porch.

                      BEN BOYD
              (breathing heavily)
          We've been beaten back from Harper's
          Ferry.

Townspeople are running down the street shouting encouragement
to the retreating Confederates.

                      BEN BOYD (CONT'D)
          We took some casualties at Falling
          Rivers. We left two of them at the
          Methodist chapel up the turnpike
          about half a mile back. They need
          help. And don't go until dark.

The SOUND of guns continues.
                                                         10.

                       BEN BOYD (CONT'D)
           The Yankees are right on our backs
           and they'll take the town. I have
           to go.

                       BELLE
           I love you, papa.    Please be careful.

                       MRS. BOYD
           Please be careful, Ben.    Oh, God!

With hands over their mouths in quiet desperation, Belle,
her mother and Eliza watch Ben and other soldiers run down
the road.

INT.   METHODIST CHAPEL - SAME DAY - NIGHT

Belle and Eliza are ministering to two wounded Confederate
soldiers laying on pallets in the aisle. Blood-stained cloths
are everywhere.

                       ELIZA
           These boys are hurt real bad. If
           they don't get help soon, they'll
           die.

                       BELLE
           They're too weak to move.    We can't...

The chapel door BANGS open as Union Sergeant TOM WILLIS, a
mean-spirited, angry man, storms into the chapel.

                       SGT. WILLIS
           I thought so! Rebel deserters!

                       BELLE
           They're hurt!

                       SGT. WILLIS
           Let's see how hurt they are.

Willis goes to the pallets and kicks each wounded soldier in
the side.

The kicks cause the soldiers to cry out in pain.

                        BELLE
           Stop that!

Willis turns toward Belle and leers.

                       SGT. WILLIS
           Well, well, well. A sassy Rebel
           female. And pretty too.
                                                           11.

Willis grabs Belle's dress.

                      SGT. WILLIS (CONT'D)
          Let's you and me be friends, Missy.

Belle pushes his hand away.

                      BELLE
          How dare you!

Willis lunges at Belle.

                      SGT. WILLIS
          You'll be sorry for that, Miss
          Spitfire!

As Belle and Willis scuffle and Eliza joins in the fray,
Union Colonel JOHN RIPLEY, a thirty-something, handsome man
enters the chapel.

                      RIPLEY
          What's all the noise in here?
          Sergeant!

Willis pulls himself together as Belle and Eliza huddle.

                       SGT. WILLIS
          Yes, sir.   I was just...

Ripley interrupts.

                      RIPLEY
          That's all, Sergeant.   Dismissed.

Sgt. Willis, embarrassed, salutes and leaves.

                      RIPLEY (CONT'D)
          I'm Colonel John Ripley. Can I help?

Belle and Ripley feel the immediate attraction between them.

                      BELLE
          Can you help us get these men home?

Ripley sees the blood-stained sheets and cloths.

                      RIPLEY
          We've established a hospital tent
          nearby for our wounded. I'll see
          they get there.

                       BELLE
          No.
                                                         12.

                       RIPLEY
          No?

                      BELLE
          In your hospital they'll be prisoners.

                      RIPLEY
          They will receive the medical
          attention they need.

                      ELIZA
          The gentleman is right. He did right
          by you just now and I say we believe
          him. We can't help these boys.

                       BELLE
          All right.

Realizing she is a bit disheveled, Belle adjusts her clothes.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          Thank you for your help with that
          uncivilized soldier.

                      RIPLEY
              (smiling)
          Glad to oblige.

Ripley checks the wounded soldiers.

                      RIPLEY (CONT'D)
          You have my word that no harm will
          come to these men.

Belle kneels next to the wounded soldiers.

                      BELLE
          I wish I could help you but I can't.
          This man has promised you will be
          taken care of. God bless you.

Belle stands and locks eyes with Ripley.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          Goodbye and thank you.

Ripley gently touches Belle's arm as she passes him to leave.

                      RIPLEY
          They will be taken care of.

Belle strokes a piece of her hair.

                       BELLE
          Thank you.
                                                             13.

Belle and Eliza leave the chapel and walk towards a horse
drawn buggy.

EXT:   CHAPEL - MOMENTS LATER

                       ELIZA
           He likes you.

                       BELLE
           Does not.

                       ELIZA
           Oh, yes he does. And you like him
           too.

                       BELLE
           Do not.

                       ELIZA
           I saw the way you looked at each
           other. Be careful Miss Belle, he's
           the enemy.

Belle looks back at the chapel.

                       BELLE
           Maybe, maybe not.    Let's go home.

Belle and Eliza climb into the buggy and drive away.

INT.   BOYD HOME - DINING ROOM - LATE MORNING

Bell, Mary and Mrs. Boyd are eating breakfast.    Eliza is
serving.

Shouting and cheering is heard from the street outside.

A band is playing "Yankee Doodle".

                        ELIZA
           Them Yankees are planning a big Fourth
           of July celebration with fireworks
           tonight. Those boys make me nervous,
           Missus Boyd.

                       MRS. BOYD
           Never mind them, Eliza, they're just
           acting up because our men are not
           here.

                        BELLE
           I'll stuff my ears with cotton so I
           don't have to listen to the
           celebrating.
                                                          14.

                       ELIZA
          When I went to market this morning I
          saw some soldiers carting whiskey
          barrels. Those boys will be drunk
          before noon.

                      MRS. BOYD
          I want you girls to stay in the house
          today. You too, Eliza. Lock the
          doors and latch the windows.

                      MARY
          What if they come in here?

                      BELLE
          Don't worry, Mary.   We're safe here.

                      MARY
          Are you sure?

                      BELLE
          They're all bluff and smart talk.
          That's all.

                      MRS. BOYD
          And in the future, Belle, you
          shouldn't be as friendly with them
          as you have been. Some of the ladies
          at the Ladies Guild tell me that
          you've been smiling and joking with
          those boys.

                      BELLE
          By smiling and talking to them they
          pretty much leave it at that. Colonel
          Ripley keeps a pretty tight lid on
          them.

YELLING is heard from the street.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
          But I think staying inside today is
          a good idea.

EXT.   STREET OUTSIDE BOYD HOME - SAME DAY - LATER

Union soldiers are seen drinking from open whiskey barrels.
Some are staggering around yelling and leering at passersby.

Sgt. Willis is drunk and a nasty, threatening presence.

                      SGT. WILLIS
              (slurred speech)
          Hey boys, I think Miss Spitfire lives
          around here someplace.
                                                            15.

One of the soldiers, Private Andrews, staggers over to Willis.

                        PVT. ANDREWS
           Miss who?

                       SGT. WILLIS
           The smart alec girl I told you about.
           The bitch who made me look bad in
           front of Ripley.

                         PVT. ANDREWS
           Oh,   her. She struts around town all
           the   time. Talking and flirting with
           all   the boys, pretty as you please.
           She   lives over there.

Andrews points to the Boyd house.

                       SGT. WILLIS
           Hey, there ain't no Union flag flying
           over that house. Maybe we should go
           ask Miss Spitfire why not.

                       PVT. ANDREWS
           It's all right by me. Maybe they're
           hiding rebels in there.

Willis staggers over to a whiskey barrel where three Union
soldiers have congregated.

                       SGT. WILLIS
           Hey boys, we're going to get us some
           rebels. Let's go.

The five drunken soldiers start off for the Boyd house.

INT.   BOYD HOUSE - SITTING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Belle, Mary and Mrs. Boyd are busy sewing uniforms.

A loud THUD is heard against the front door.

                        BELLE
           My God!   What is that?

Belle jumps up and moves to the front hall.

At the second THUD the door is broken from its hinges and
the five drunken soldiers lurch into the front hall.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           What are you doing? Get out!    Get
           out right now!
                                                            16.

The soldiers push past Belle and storm into the sitting room,
leering at Mary and Mrs. Boyd.

They grab fruit from a fruit bowl and start stuffing their
faces.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           How dare you! Get out! You're drunk.
           You can't stay here!

Sgt. Willis turns to Belle.

                       SGT. WILLIS
           You shut your mouth! You made a
           fool of me in front of Ripley. We're
           looking for rebels and we're going
           to hang Old Glory from your roof.

Mrs. Boyd stands and walks defiantly up to Sgt. Willis.

                       MRS. BOYD
           You're drunk and I want you out of
           this house this instant!

                       SGT. WILLIS
           Hand over the damn rebels.

                       MRS. BOYD
           There are no rebels in this house.
           Now go!

                       SGT. WILLIS
           Oh, no? Since you ain't rebels
           we'll just climb up to the roof and
           hoist Old Glory. Show everybody you
           ain't rebels.

Belle, sensing real danger, slowly works her way to the dining
room.

The LOUD, arguing voices of Sgt. Willis and Mrs. Boyd can
still be heard.

INT.   DINING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

With an unsteady hand, Belle removes the pistol from its
hidden place in the drawer and re-enters the sitting room.

INT.   SITTING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

                       MRS. BOYD
           You will not fly your flag on my
           roof. Every one in this house will
           die before we submit to such shame!
                                                            17.

Sgt. Willis grabs for Mrs. Boyd.

Belle raises the pistol and aims at Sgt. Willis' back.

                       BELLE
           Don't touch my mother!    Don't take
           another step!

Sgt. Willis, too drunk to pay attention to Belle, takes
another step closer to Mrs. Boyd.

Belle fires the pistol.   BANG.

Sgt. Willis crumples to the floor, face down.

Pvt. Andrews walks up to Sgt. Willis' body and turns it over.

                        PVT. ANDREWS
           He's dead!   She killed him!

Pvt. Andrews, sobered by the sequence of events, turns to
Belle.

                       PVT. ANDREWS (CONT'D)
           Please Miss, put the gun down and
           we'll remove the body. We meant no
           harm.

Belle, in a daze, drops the pistol and slumps into a chair.

The soldiers hurriedly roll the body onto a throw rug and
carry it out of the house.

EXT.   OUTSIDE THE BOYD HOME - MOMENTS LATER

The four soldiers carrying Willis' body are seen and
surrounded by other soldiers.

                       SOLDIER
           What the hell happened?

                        PVT. ANDREWS
           He's dead.   The girl shot him.

                       SOLDIER
           The girl shot him? Why?

                        PVT. ANDREWS
           She just did. We've got to get him
           out of here.

Incensed at the death of one of their own, the crowd becomes
a raging mob.
                                                            18.

                       CROWD OF SOLDIERS
           Burn them out! Burn the rebels out!

As Pvt. Andrews and the rug soldiers hurry away, the soldiers
begin turning over horse carriages, tearing off the wood and
piling it up against the Boyd house and setting it on fire.

The commotion becomes intense as windows are smashed and
soldiers fire their side arms into the air as townspeople
run for cover.

Ripley, on a horse, comes galloping down the street, stops
in front of the Boyd house and fires his sidearm into the
air as he maneuvers the horse into the soldiers in an attempt
to disperse them.

Jumping down from his horse, Ripley runs up the Boyd porch
and kicks the burning wood, breaking up the fire.

Ripley turns to SERGEANT BURNS who helping put out the fire.
in the group.

                       RIPLEY
           Sergeant! Get these men under control
           and back to the barracks. I want a
           guard placed around this house. No
           one goes in and no one comes out.
           Is that clear, Sergeant?

                       SGT. BURNS
           Yes, sir!

Ripley climbs over the broken front door and enters the house.

INT.   BOYD HOME - SITTING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Belle, Eliza, Mrs. Boyd and Mary are all in dazed, sobbing
confusion.

                       RIPLEY
           Is anyone hurt?

                       BELLE
           Go away.

                       RIPLEY
           Will someone tell me what happened?

                       ELIZA
           That soldier brought it on himself.

                       RIPLEY
           What happened?
                                                            19.

                      ELIZA
          He was attacking Missus Boyd and
          Miss Boyd shot him.

Ripley, seeing the pistol on the floor, picks it up.

                      RIPLEY
          I'm putting this house under guard.
          No one comes in, and no one goes
          out. I'll have some men re-hinge
          the front door. I'll write up a
          report and talk to General Patterson.

                      BELLE
          He was going to hurt my mother.

Ripley leaves.

INT. GENERAL ROBERT PATTERSON'S HEADQUARTERS - SAME DAY -
EVENING

UNION GENERAL ROBERT PATTERSON and Ripley are seated at a
table.

                      RIPLEY
          And there you have it, sir. The
          girl killed Willis in self-defence.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          I agree. I'm more concerned with
          how the men will react to no charges
          being filed against this girl.

                      RIPLEY
          May I speak freely, sir?

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
          Of course.

                      RIPLEY
          Willis won't be missed. He was not
          liked by the men and as I stated in
          my report, the men who witnessed the
          shooting backed up what the black
          girl told me. Willis was going after
          the mother.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          All right. Discipline those fools
          who broke into that house.

                      RIPLEY
          I'll see to it, sir. Would three
          days in the guard house meet with
          your approval?
                                                   20.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           It will. And make sure the
           townspeople know. We need the
           civilians to stay quiet while we're
           here as an occupying force.

                       RIPLEY
           I will. I've ordered a quarantine
           and have posted guards around the
           house until things cool down.

                        GENERAL PATTERSON
           Good.   Anything else?

                       RIPLEY
           I think I'll go over and see the
           girl and her family again tomorrow.
           They're quite upset about what
           happened.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
               (nodding in approval)
           Good. Anything else?

                         RIPLEY
           No, sir.    That's it for now.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Dismissed, Colonel.

                         RIPLEY
           Yes, sir.

Ripley stands, salutes and leaves.

INT.   BOYD HOME - SITTING ROOM - AFTERNOON

Belle and Mrs. Boyd are sitting and reading.

                       MRS. BOYD
           Those guards do make a fuss what
           with their coming in here three times
           a day asking after your health and
           what not, asking me if there is
           anything they can do. We're prisoners
           in our own house and if it wasn't
           for Eliza being allowed to go to
           market we would near starve to death.

                       BELLE
           Those boys told me about troop
           movements and regiment strengths
           that might help Colonel Jackson and
           papa. They show off by telling me
           military things.
                                                            21.

                      MRS. BOYD
              (concerned)
          They tell you things because they
          feel bad about what happened. I
          meant to ask, how did you sleep last
          night?

                      BELLE
          Not too good. I dreamed about those
          two boys at the chapel and about
          daddy and about yesterday. I...

A KNOCK on the front door interrupts the conversation.

                           BELLE (CONT'D)
          I'll get it.

Belle walks to the foyer and opens the front door to find
Colonel Ripley.

                           BELLE (CONT'D)
          Oh, hello.

Belle and Ripley both sense the attraction between them.

                      RIPLEY
          May I come in?

                           BELLE
          Of course.

Ripley and Belle make their way to the sitting room.

                           MRS. BOYD
                 (icily)
          Yes?

                      RIPLEY
          Hello, Missis Boyd. I wanted to
          come by to express my apologies for
          what happened and to tell you that
          the matter has been dropped. General
          Patterson also sends his apologies.
          I'm sure there will be no further
          trouble.

Ripley is trying to extend his stay.

                      RIPLEY (CONT'D)
          I hope the front door meets with
          your satisfaction.

                      MRS. BOYD
              (abruptly)
          It's fine.
                                                         22.

                      RIPLEY
          Your other daughter and the black
          girl are all right?

                      MRS. BOYD
          Under the circumstances, they are as
          well as can be expected.

                      RIPLEY
          Well, I'll see my self out.     Goodbye.

Belle quickly follows Ripley to the front door.

                      BELLE
          Thank you for your concern, Colonel.

                      RIPLEY
          I'm really sorry about what happened.
          The men are away from home and they...

Ripley loses his composure.

                      RIPLEY (CONT'D)
          I'm so sorry. Goodbye.

Ripley quickly exits the house.

Belle returns to the sitting room and sits down.

                      BELLE
          That was nice of Colonel Ripley to
          stop by and make sure we were all
          right.

Mrs. Boyd puts her book down, takes a deep breath and silently
stares at Belle.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          Is something wrong?

                      MRS. BOYD
          Eliza was right. I just saw it
          myself. It's one thing to laugh and
          talk to the soldiers in town. But
          that colonel is a man, Belle. Do
          you understand? He's a man and he
          is the enemy. I don't want him in
          this house.

Belle runs from the house.

EXT. BOYD'S EMPORIUM - SAME DAY - LATER

Mr. Meaders is unpacking boxes as Belle enters.
                                                            23.

Mr. Meaders watches Belle as she examines items for sale.

                      MR. MEADERS
          I heard what happened.

Belle continues to examine and pick up items.

                      BELLE
          Is there anything I can do?

                      MR. MEADERS
          Put it in the back of your mind.
          What's done is done.

Surprised by Meaders' response, Belle looks at him.

                         BELLE
          I killed...

The heart wrenching cry from Belle causes Meaders to move
quickly and catch Belle before she crumples to the floor.

                      MR. MEADERS
          It's all right, Belle. It's all
          right. You go right ahead and cry.
          No shame in crying.

Belle's sobbing causes tears in Meaders' eyes as he holds
her and pats her head.

He walks Belle to a bench, sits her down and goes for a
handkerchief.

                         MR. MEADERS (CONT'D)
          Here you go.

Belle wipes her eyes.

                      BELLE
          I had to do it. He was going to
          hurt my mother.

Meaders kneels down next to the bench.

                      MR. MEADERS
          You did what any good soldier would
          do in war. Protect his own.

                         BELLE
          Soldier?

                      MR. MEADERS
          That's right, Belle. Just like your
          daddy is doing.
                      (MORE)
                                                         24.

                       MR. MEADERS (CONT'D)
           Your daddy joined up to protect his
           family, this store, your home.

Belle stands and faces Meaders.

                       BELLE
           I should get home before my mother
           thinks I'm...

Belle is interrupted by the opening of the store door.

Meaders walks quickly to the door.

                       MR. MEADERS
           Sorry, were closed for a few hours.
           I'm doing inventory.

Potential customer walks away and Meaders closes and locks
the door and walks back toward Belle.

                       MR. MEADERS (CONT'D)
           Are you all right?

                       BELLE
           Yes. I can't tell you how much you
           helped me just now. I really have
           to get back. Thank you again.

Belle heads for the door, unlocks and opens it.

                       MR. MEADERS
           By the way. You can fuss with your
           hair all you want.

Belle's grateful smile lights up her face as she leaves the
store.

Meaders goes to the door and watches Belle walk away.

                       MR. MEADERS (CONT'D)
               (aloud, to himself)
           Now you know what war is all about.

INT.   BOYD HOME - ELIZA'S BED CLOSET - NIGHT

Eliza is fast asleep when a KNOCK on the door wakes her up.

                         ELIZA
           Who's that?

                         BELLE
           It's Belle.

Belle enters the bed closet.
                                                            25.

                       ELIZA
             You have another bad dream?

                        BELLE
           No.   I have to talk to you.

Belle sits on the bed.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           I want you to give this note to Mister
           Baker when you go to market tomorrow.

Belle removes a folded piece of paper from her dress pocket.

                       ELIZA
           What's in the note?

                       BELLE
           It's information for Colonel Jackson.
           Mister Baker knows how to get it
           through the Union lines.

                       ELIZA
           But the soldiers come with me
           everywhere I go. They'll see me
           passing the note.

                        BELLE
           You're smart enough to get it to him
           without those boys seeing you. This
           is very important and it'll help
           Mister Boyd.

                       ELIZA
           Oh Miss Belle, you're going to make
           me feel guilty if I don't do it.

                       BELLE
           Good. Now take the note, put it in
           a safe place and make sure you bring
           it to Mister Baker tomorrow.

Belle hands Eliza the note and leaves.

Eliza puts the note under her pillow, lies down and pulls
her blanket over her head.

                       ELIZA
           Lord have mercy.

INT.   BOYD HOME - DINING ROOM - NEXT DAY - MORNING

Bell, Mary and Mrs. Boyd are eating breakfast.
                                                             26.

The front door opens and Ripley and two Union sentries   with
a crying Eliza in tow enter the dining room.

                       RIPLEY
           You are under arrest, Miss Boyd.
           Please come with me.

                         BELLE
           Arrest?

                       MRS. BOYD
           I thought the matter was dropped!

                       RIPLEY
           You are charged with attempting to
           pass military information to the
           enemy.

                        ELIZA
               (crying)
           I'm sorry, Miss Belle.   They saw me
           with the note.

Belle stands up and leaves with Ripley, the two sentries and
Eliza.

                         MRS. BOYD
           Oh, my God!    Oh Belle, what have you
           done?

INT.   GENERAL PATTERSON'S HEADQUARTERS - SAME DAY - LATER

Seated at a table are General Patterson, Major JAMES EDWARDS
and Colonel TOM THATCHER.

Ripley and Belle are standing in front of the table.

Eliza is seated in the back of the room.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Do you realize the seriousness of
           the charge brought against you, Miss
           Boyd.

                       BELLE
           I was trying to help my father.    I
           don't want him to die.

                        GENERAL PATTERSON
           You were attempting to pass strategic
           military information to the enemy
           using that poor creature back there
           as your accomplice. Do you realize
           the seriousness of the charge brought
           against you?
                                                   27.

                      BELLE
          No sir, I do not.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          The article of war reads as follows:

Patterson picks up a document and reads.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON (CONT'D)
          Whoever shall give food, ammunition,
          information to, or aid and abet the
          enemies of the United States
          government in any manner whatsoever,
          shall suffer death, or whatever
          penalty the honorable members of the
          court-martial shall see fit to
          inflict.

Patterson places the document on the table.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON (CONT'D)
          Do you feel any sorrow for your act?

                      BELLE
          I was trying to help my father.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          Your reason does not excuse your
          act. Do you have anything else to
          say to this court before I pass
          sentence?

                        BELLE
          No.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          How old are you, Miss Boyd?

                        BELLE
          Seventeen.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          Seventeen. First you shoot a Union
          soldier and now you attempt to pass
          information to the enemy and...

Belle interrupts.

                      BELLE
          They are your enemies not mine and...

Patterson interrupts.
                                                         28.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
              (very angry)
          That's enough! Do you understand
          that you could be hanged?

Belle loses her balance and Ripley holds her upright.

                      BELLE
          May I sit down?

Belle starts to cry as Ripley helps her to a chair.

The members of the tribunal exchange meaningful looks with
each other.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          Because of your age and the fact
          that you were trying to help your
          father I want you to promise this
          tribunal that you won't pass any
          more messages.

                      BELLE
          I promise, sir.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          You may go. Colonel Ripley, please
          escort Miss Boyd home.

Belle and Ripley leave with Eliza hard on their heels.

                      COLONEL THATCHER
          Well General, you could have spanked
          her.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          What the hell else could I do?
          Lincoln's order is to handle civilian
          spies with kid gloves.

                      MAJOR EDWARDS
          How much harm could her information
          have done?

                      COLONEL THATCHER
          Her note indicated our precise
          military activities going east toward
          Washington. If Jackson was informed
          he would have been able to defend
          against it.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          Do you think she understands what
          war is all about?
                                                           29.

                       COLONEL THATCHER
           She's a child, sir. How could she?

EXT:   GENERAL PATTERSON'S HEADQUARTERS - MOMENTS LATER

Belle, Ripley and Eliza are walking down the street.

                       RIPLEY
           Eliza, would you mind going on ahead.
           I would like to discuss a private
           matter with Miss Boyd.

                         ELIZA
           Yes, sir.

Eliza hurries ahead as Ripley and Belle slow their pace.

                       RIPLEY
           Do you realize how much trouble you're
           in?

                       BELLE
           Are you scolding me, Colonel?

Ripley stops and grabs Belle's arm.

                       RIPLEY
           Damn it, Belle! Listen to me!
           Do you think I just happened by when
           your damn porch was on fire? I worked
           up the nerve to come courting and I
           find your porch on fire and you with
           a pistol in your hand.

                         BELLE
           I didn't...

Ripley interrupts.

                       RIPLEY
           And just when I work up the nerve to
           try it again, instead of courting
           you, I have to arrest you.

                       BELLE
           Eliza was right.

                         RIPLEY
           Eliza?

                       BELLE
           She said you liked me.   She said I
           liked you.
                                                            30.

                        RIPLEY
            Well, do you?

                         BELLE
            Yes.

Ripley locks eyes with Belle.

                        RIPLEY
            If I thought I would not be arrested
            for treason, I would kiss you right
            now.

                        BELLE
            If I thought you would not be arrested
            for treason, I would kiss you right
            now.

                        RIPLEY
            Let's start walking before we're
            both arrested for something other
            than treason.

Belle and Ripley walk on, trying very hard to conceal the
emotion both are feeling.

INT.    BOYD HOME - DINING ROOM - SAME DAY LATER

Mrs. Boyd and Mary are sitting at the table.

The front door opens.

                         MRS. BOYD
            Belle!   Is that you?

Belle    enters the dining room.

                        BELLE
            They let me go with a warning.

Eliza enters from the kitchen.

                        ELIZA
            Warning? They're going to hang you
            the next time. Lord only knows what
            they'd do to me.

                        MRS. BOYD
            Hang? Oh my God, Belle. That settles
            it. You can't stay here. I want
            you to go to Front Royal and stay
            with your aunt and uncle.

Mrs. Boyd stands and goes to Belle.
                                                           31.

                       MRS. BOYD (CONT'D)
           I know you want to help your father.
           But you can't stay here. Your aunt
           and uncle will be so pleased to see
           you again.

                       BELLE
           Can Eliza come with me?

                       ELIZA
           You ain't leaving me here, Miss Belle.

Mrs. Boyd hugs Belle.

                       MRS. BOYD
           Of course she can. You go pack and
           I'll get someone to take you.

EXT.   STRICKLER HOTEL - FRONT ROYAL - DAY

On the lawn is a wooden sign reading: "Strickler Hotel".

Belle and Eliza are stepping down from a horse drawn buggy.

Coming down from the hotel porch are Belle's UNCLE JAMES and
AUNT FRANCIS.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Oh Belle, it's so good to see you
           again. You too, Eliza.

Belle hugs Aunt Frances.

                       BELLE
           Hello, Aunt Frances.

Belle turns to her uncle James and kisses him.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           Hello, Uncle James.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Come inside and I'll get you something
           to drink.

Belle turns to Mr. Baldwin, the buggy driver.

                        BELLE
           Thank you for bringing us, Mister
           Baldwin. Will you come in for some
           refreshment?

                       MR. BALDWIN
           No thank you, Belle.
                       (MORE)
                                                         32.

                       MR. BALDWIN (CONT'D)
           I best be getting back to Martinsburg.
           It sure was an honor to drive the
           Siren of the Shenandoah.

                         BELLE
           The what?

                       MR. BALDWIN
           That's what people call you. What
           with trying to pass information to
           Colonel Jackson and defending your
           mother and all, people admire your
           spirit.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           You've been written up in Yankee
           newspapers too. They call you the
           rebel spy.

                         BELLE
           My lord!    I don't want to be famous.

                         MR. BALDWIN
           Goodbye.

Mr. Baldwin drives off as Belle, Eliza, Uncle James and Aunt
Francis walk into the hotel.

SUPER:   ON JULY 21, 1861 THE CONFEDERATE FORCES UNDER THE
COMMAND OF COLONEL THOMAS JACKSON DEFEAT THE UNION FORCES AT
MANASSAS, VIRGINIA. COLONEL JACKSON IS FOREVER AFTER KNOWN
AS "STONEWALL" JACKSON

INT.   HOTEL - LOBBY - DAY

Belle and Aunt Frances are sitting at a table as Uncle James
enters.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           Some of the Manassas wounded are
           being brought here for medical care.
           They're setting up a hospital down
           the road.

                       BELLE
           Is there anything we can do?

                       UNCLE JAMES
           They're looking for volunteers to
           help with the nursing.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Any word on how many they're bringing?
                                                         33.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           Can't say for sure. But from the
           size of the area being set up I'd
           say there will be quite a few.

                         AUNT FRANCES
           My God!    Those poor boys.

                       BELLE
           Eliza and I can help with the nursing.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           It's not pretty, Belle. I know you're
           a strong girl but you haven't seen
           anything like what's coming.

                       BELLE
           I've got to help. What if my father
           was wounded? I'd want someone to
           help him. Please tell whoever is in
           charge that me and Eliza will be
           there first thing in the morning.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           All right. I'll go down there now
           and tell them that angels of mercy
           are on the way.

Uncle James leaves.

                       BELLE
           I'll go tell Eliza to get a lot of
           rest tonight.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           I'll get some of the rooms ready. I
           would think the doctors will want a
           place to stay.

INT.   HOSPITAL TENT - MORNING

Belle and Eliza are talking to surgeon DOCTOR ROBERT FIELDS

The tent is filled with the wounded on pallets, many of them
moaning and screaming.

Orderlies are tending the men.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           I appreciate you coming to help out
           with these boys. First we need to
           get you settled into hospital gowns.
           Don't want that pretty dress all
           bloody, Miss Belle.
                                                   34.

                       ELIZA
           What's that awful smell?

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           That's gangrene setting in. A bullet
           wound causes a loss of blood supply
           to an arm or a leg causing the tissue
           to die. Some of these boys need
           amputations and quick. If we don't
           cut off the bad limb they'll die.

                       ELIZA
           I think I'm going to be sick.

Eliza hurries out of the tent.

                       BELLE
           I could use some fresh air.

Belle hurries out of the tent.

EXT.   HOSPITAL TENT - MOMENTS LATER

Belle goes up to Eliza who is gasping.

                       BELLE
           Are you all right?

                       ELIZA
           I think so. I've never seen or
           smelled anything like that in my
           life. If this is war I'd rather
           take my chances back in Martinsburg
           with those Yankees.

                       BELLE
           It's all right, Eliza.   They really
           need our help.

Doctor Fields comes out of the hospital tent.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           Are you two all right? I apologize
           for not preparing you for that. You
           get kind of used to it after awhile.
           Let's walk over to the supply tent
           and I'll fix you up with hospital
           gowns. That is, if you still want
           to help?

                       BELLE
           Yes doctor, we do.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           The supply tent is over there.
                                                            35.

Doctor Walker, Belle and Eliza walk to the supply tent and
enter.

INT.   SUPPLY TENT - MOMENTS LATER

The supply tent is filled with medical supplies, surgical
gowns, assorted saws, medical instruments and buckets.

Doctor Fields looks through a pile of gowns, finds two that
look like they'll fit and hands one to Belle and one to Eliza.

                       ELIZA
           Are those water buckets?

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           No, they're not. Glad you asked.
           The buckets in here start out nearly
           clean but are used only for amputated
           body parts. Don't go hauling water
           in them or else you'll be on a pallet.

Belle and Eliza smile weakly.

                       BELLE
           What do you want us to do?

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           Let's go back to the hospital tent
           and I'll show you.

Doctor Fields, Belle and Eliza leave the supply tent.

INT.   HOTEL - LOBBY - SAME DAY - LATER

Uncle James and Aunt Frances are sitting at a table.

Belle and Eliza, tired and weary, enter the lobby.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Belle, over here. Sit yourself down.
           You look like death warmed over.

                       BELLE
           Please don't talk about death. We've
           seen enough today. Eliza, why don't
           you go get some rest.

                       ELIZA
           Thank you, Miss Belle.    Can I do
           anything for you?

                       BELLE
           You've done enough today, now go.
                                                            36.

                        ELIZA
           All right.   Good night.

Eliza leaves the lobby.

                       BELLE
           My God! I never realized how horrible
           war really is.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           You don't have to go back tomorrow.

                       BELLE
           I have to go back. I have to help
           those boys. They're so...

Belle starts crying.

Aunt Frances goes to Belle.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           It's all right, sweetheart. It's
           all right. You go right ahead and
           cry.

Belle continues to cry as Aunt Frances consoles her.

INT.   HOSPITAL TENT - MORNING

Belle is assisting Doctor Fields with bandages and placing
cool water packs on foreheads. The sounds of the maimed and
the dying is overwhelming.

Eliza is seen tending to the sick along with other female
volunteers.

Doctors and orderlies are hard at work tending the wounds
and performing amputations.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           Belle, go to the supply tent and
           bring back some quinine. Some of
           these boys are coming down with
           malaria and in their weakened
           condition they won't make it without
           quinine.

                       BELLE
           I'll be right back.

Belle leaves the hospital tent.

Doctor Fields performs a foot amputation and is holding the
foot in his hand.
                                                           37.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           Eliza, please give me a bucket.

Eliza turns towards Doctor Fields, sees the foot and faints.

                          DOCTOR FIELDS (CONT'D)
           God damn it!     Someone get me a bucket!

An orderly scurries forward with a bucket and Doctor Fields
drops the foot in the bucket.

Other orderlies tend to Eliza.

Belle enters the tent carrying three bottles of quinine.

                       BELLE
           Oh, my God, what happened to Eliza.

                          DOCTOR FIELDS
           She fainted.

Fields notices the three bottles of quinine.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS (CONT'D)
           We need more than three bottles.

                       BELLE
           This is the last of it.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           There has to be more quinine.    I'll
           go myself.

Doctor Fields storms out of the tent and Belle follows him
out.

EXT.   HOSPITAL TENT - MOMENTS LATER

Belle catches up with Doctor Fields.

                       BELLE
           There is no more quinine.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           Damn it. I can't keep these boys
           alive without it. They're carrying
           malaria and I need quinine.

                       BELLE
           Do the Yankees use quinine?

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           Of course they do. Are you going to
           ask them for some?
                                                      38.

                       BELLE
           Not quite. I'm going back to
           Martinsburg. The Yankees set up a
           hospital for their Harper's Ferry
           wounded. From what I saw, they had
           a lot of supplies. Now that I know
           what quinine is, I'll go get some.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           I can't ask you to do that but I
           can't stop you either. If you're
           going to go, go soon.

                       BELLE
           I'll go tell Uncle James and Aunt
           Frances that I need to go home for
           awhile.

Belle turns to leave.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           Belle, one more thing. Take Eliza
           with you. Nobody works harder but
           she doesn't have the stomach for
           what goes on inside that tent.

Eliza is assisted out of the tent by two orderlies.

Belle goes to Eliza.

                       BELLE
           How are you feeling?

                       ELIZA
           I'm a bit woozy but I'll be all right.

                       BELLE
           Let's get you back to the hotel. I
           have something to talk to you about.

Belle and Eliza walk away.

EXT.   DUSTY ROAD - MORNING

Belle and Eliza are riding in a buggy.

                       ELIZA
           We're really going to steal medicine
           from the Yankees? They catch us,
           they hang us for sure.

                       BELLE
           Someone's got to do something.
                       (MORE)
                                                            39.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           The Yankees know us and we have a
           better chance of getting the quinine
           than anybody else.

                       ELIZA
           And how do you expect to get the
           quinine?

                       BELLE
           I don't know - yet.

Belle waves to the Union sentries as she enters    Martinsburg.

INT.   GENERAL PATTERSON'S COMMAND HEADQUARTERS - MORNING

General Patterson is writing reports.

Ripley enters, smiling broadly.

                       RIPLEY
               (smiling)
           Excuse me, General.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Yes, what it is? Why are you smiling,
           did the rebels surrender?

                        RIPLEY
           No, sir.   There is someone here to
           see you.

                        GENERAL PATTERSON
           All right.   Bring him in.

Belle enters.

                       BELLE
           Good morning, General Patterson.
           It's nice to see you again.

                         GENERAL PATTERSON
           Oh, no.    What did you do now?

                       RIPLEY
           Miss Boyd is here of her own free
           will, sir.

                         GENERAL PATTERSON
           Why?

                       BELLE
           I wanted to apologize and tell you
           how sorry I am for what I tried to
                       (MORE)
                                                           40.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           do. I realize how foolish and
           childish I was. I am sorry, sir.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Well, Miss Boyd, I'm glad you've
           come to your senses.

                       BELLE
           I have, sir. I'll be in Martinsburg
           for a few days before going back to
           Front Royal. I miss my mother and
           sister so much.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Under the circumstances, I'll allow
           you the freedom of the town since
           we're leaving Martinsburg in the
           next few days.

                       BELLE
           Thank you, sir. Good bye.

Belle leaves.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Keep an eye on her, Colonel.

                       RIPLEY
           I certainly will, sir.

Ripley salutes and leaves.

EXT:   GENERAL PATTERSON COMMAND HEADQUARTERS - MOMENTS LATER

Ripley catches up with Belle.

                       RIPLEY
           What are you up to? You didn't come
           back just to see your mother and
           sister or me for that matter.

                       BELLE
           Can I trust you, John?

Belle and Ripley walk on, engaged in quiet conversation.

INT.   BOYD HOME - KITCHEN - SAME DAY - LATER

Belle and Eliza are talking together in hushed tones.

                       BELLE
           When I left General Patterson I walked
           over to the hospital tent and they're
                       (MORE)
                                                    41.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          already starting to load the   medical
          supplies into the wagons. I    spotted
          the quinine. I'm going down    there
          tonight and take some of the   bottles.

                      ELIZA
          And how are you going to do that?

                      BELLE
          You're going to make an apple pie
          and tell the two guards that the pie
          is from me. Tell them hospital tents
          and supplies make you nervous so
          would they please walk back to the
          house with you for a piece of pie.

                      ELIZA
          What if they won't come with me?

                      BELLE
          Those sentries are the same ones who
          were watching the house. Remember
          them coming in all the time asking
          after my health?

                      ELIZA
          You think they're sweet on you?

                      BELLE
          I know they are.

                      ELIZA
          And you're going to take the quinine?

                      BELLE
          I'm going to be watching you. When
          you start back to the house, I'll
          take it then and hide it behind the
          trees.

                      ELIZA
          What if somebody sees you?

                      BELLE
          I have a friend.

Eliza looks knowingly at Belle.

                      ELIZA
          I'm not going to ask who.

                      BELLE
          We have to get that quinine, you saw
          those soldiers...
                                                           42.

Eliza interrupts with a raised hand.

                       ELIZA
           All right. What do I say when those
           boys come back here and start asking
           for you?

                       BELLE
           Tell them I went to the Emporium
           for something to go with the apple
           pie.

                       ELIZA
           Lord have mercy.

                       BELLE
           Start making that pie.

EXT.   CONFEDERATE HOSPITAL TENT - MORNING

Belle and Eliza ride up to the tent in the buggy.

Belle gets down and calls to an orderly walking to the tent.

                       BELLE
           Excuse me, is Doctor Fields inside?

                       ORDERLY
           Oh hello, Miss Boyd.   Yes, he is.

                       BELLE
           Would you ask him to step outside.
           I would like to speak to him.

                        ORDERLY
           Certainly.   I'll go get him.

Orderly enters the tent and moments later, Doctor Fields
comes out of the tent.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           Why hello, Belle. How are you?

                       BELLE
           I have a present for you.

Belle walks to the buggy and removes a cover to reveal a
supply of quinine.

                        DOCTOR FIELDS
           My God!   How did you do it?

                       BELLE
           Let's just say I exchanged an apple
           pie for the quinine.
                                                         43.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           I won't ask any more questions. You
           came back just in time. There's a
           Union regiment moving from the north
           and we can't defend Front Royal with
           the few troops here. We'll be leaving
           shortly.

Doctor Fields begins to remove the bottles from the buggy.

                       BELLE
           We're going back to the hotel. We
           left Martinsburg at six this morning
           and need some sleep. God bless you,
           doctor.

Doctor Fields kisses Belle's hand.

                       DOCTOR FIELDS
           God bless you, Belle. Goodbye, Eliza.

Belle climbs into the buggy and drives away.

INT.   HOTEL - LOBBY - AFTERNOON

Uncle James and Aunt Francis are sitting at a table.

Sitting with them is A. W. CLARKE, an obese, unkempt, slovenly
man in his thirties who has been drinking. He is a
threatening presence.

Belle enters the lobby and walks over to the table.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           Hello, Belle. This is Mister Clarke.
           He's a newspaper man from New York
           come to cover the war.

Clarke stands and extends a sweaty paw to Belle.

                       CLARKE
           So, this is the famous Belle Boyd.
           You are known throughout the North
           for your, shall we call them exploits?

Belle tentatively takes the extended hand with two fingers.

                       BELLE
           How do you do, Mister Clarke.   Will
           you be staying long?

Clarke looks leeringly at Belle.
                                                           44.

                      CLARKE
          That depends on whether there   is
          anything interesting going on   here.
          If you will excuse me, I need   to
          finish my article. I hope to    see
          you again, Miss Boyd.

                      BELLE
              (icily)
          Goodbye, Mister Clarke.

Clarke leaves the table, leering at Belle as he goes and
walks up the stairs.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          What a horrible man! Does he have
          to stay here?

                      AUNT FRANCES
          We can't afford not to be hospitable.
          We don't want him writing that we
          are not a courteous people.

                      BELLE
          People like that shouldn't be allowed
          to write. He made my skin crawl.

                      AUNT FRANCES
          Just stay out of his way and things
          will be fine.

                      BELLE
          I wanted you to know Eliza and I did
          what we set out to do. I'm tired
          and going to take a nap.

                       UNCLE JAMES
          And don't worry about Mister Clarke.
          Told me and Frances that a General
          Patterson and a Union force are moving
          this way. I passed that information
          on and our troops are moving out in
          the morning.

                      BELLE
          Doctor Fields told me. But why would
          Mister Clarke tell you about troop
          movements?

                      UNCLE JAMES
              (smiling)
          I'm an innkeeper. Find a man's
          weakness and use it against him.
                                                          45.

                       BELLE
           Did you get that man drunk, Uncle
           James?

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Let's just say that your Uncle James
           was showing Mister Clarke some
           southern hospitality.

All three laugh.

Belle leaves the table and walks up the stairs.

EXT. STRICKLER HOTEL - FRONT ROYAL - DAY

A Union regiment is seen riding up to the hotel.

General Patterson dismounts and strides into the hotel.

INT.   HOTEL - LOBBY - MOMENTS LATER

Uncle James and Aunt Frances are standing in the lobby.

General Patterson enters.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Good day. I am General Patterson,
           commander of the Union troops now
           occupying this town. And you are?

                       UNCLE JAMES
           We are the proprietors of this hotel.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           I am commandeering your hotel as my
           headquarters. Do you have any guests?

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Our niece and a newspaper man from
           New York.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Inform them that we are here and
           they are welcome to stay. We will
           inconvenience you as little as
           possible. Do you have a drawing
           room?

                       UNCLE JAMES
           Yes, it's over there.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           May I see it?
                                                           46.

Uncle James, Aunt Frances and Patterson walk towards the
drawing room.

INT.   DRAWING ROOM   - MOMENTS LATER

The drawing room is medium sized with a large table and
chairs, a china closet, small tables and selves filled with
books.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           This will do nicely. I'll have my
           men remove your personal items. I'm
           going to use this room as my command
           post.

Belle enters the drawing room.

                        BELLE
           Excuse me, Uncle James.      What are
           all those...

Belle is surprised by the presence of General Patterson.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Come in, Belle. This is General
           Patterson. General Patterson, this
           is our niece, Belle Boyd.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           We met in Martinsburg.

Patterson locks eyes with Belle.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON (CONT'D)
           You wouldn't know anything about
           missing quinine, now would you?

                       BELLE
           I don't know what you're talking
           about.

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Quinine was stolen from our medical
           supplies.

Uncle James, sensing the tension between Belle and Patterson,
jumps in.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           May I offer you some refreshment,
           General?

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           Thank you, sir. I appreciate the
           offer.
                                                            47.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Belle, would you ask Eliza to make
           up the rooms for the General and his
           officers?

                       BELLE
           Yes, Aunt Frances.

                       UNCLE JAMES
           Come General, let us get that drink.

Uncles James, Aunt Frances and Patterson leave the drawing
room.

INT.   HOTEL - UPPER FLOOR - LATER

Belle is entering her room as Clarke comes up behind her.

                       CLARKE
           Hello, Missy.

Surprised, Belle turns.

                        BELLE
           Oh, Mister Clark.    Excuse me, I'm
           rather busy.

Clarke, mildly drunk, pushes his bulk into Belle, pinning
her to the wall.

                       CLARKE
           Too busy to talk to me?    I'm not
           good enough for you?

Belle pushes Clarke away.   Clarke leans into Belle, grabbing
her shoulders.

                       CLARKE (CONT'D)
           Come on, Missy. Be nice to me and
           I'll write nice things about you.

Repulsed by Clarke's breath and body, Belle steps on his
foot - hard.

Clarke moves back and smacks Belle across the cheek.

Belle punches Clarke and the fight begins in earnest.

Ripley, leaving his room, sees the fight and steps in.

                       RIPLEY
           What the hell is going on?

Belle and Clarke are still going at each other.
                                                            48.

                        RIPLEY (CONT'D)
           Stop it!   Stop it!

Belle and Clarke quiet down and lock eyes.

                       BELLE
           I can take care of myself.

Clarke's face is scratched, his eye swollen.     He is completely
disheveled.

Belle's blouse is torn and her mouth bleeding slightly.

Ripley turns to Clarke.

                       RIPLEY
           Remove yourself, sir.

                        CLARKE
           Bitch!

                       RIPLEY
           That's enough! Leave, now!

Clarke waddles away, mumbling under his breath.

Noticing the blood on Belle's face, Ripley takes a yellow
bandanna from his pocket and wipes Belle's mouth.

Belle's reaction to this tenderness causes her to cry.

Leaning into Ripley, Belle is completely overcome.

                       RIPLEY (CONT'D)
           Let's get you into your room so you
           can sit down.

INT.   BELLE'S ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Ripley helps Belle to the bed and Belle sits down.

                       RIPLEY
           I'm going to get the surgeon to look
           at your face.

                       BELLE
           I'll be all right. I don't want to
           cause a fuss. You've done enough
           for me.

                       RIPLEY
           Your face is pretty messed up. Let
           me call on you this evening. I want
           to make sure you're all right.
                                                         49.

                       BELLE
           I'll be on the porch at eight.

                       RIPLEY
           You know I'll be there.

Ripley starts to leave the room.

                       BELLE
           Don't leave yet.

Belle walks to the open hotel room door and closes it quietly.

EXT.   HOTEL - PORCH - SAME DAY - EVENING

Belle and Ripley are seated on a swing.

                       RIPLEY
           How are you feeling?

                        BELLE
           I feel better than I did this
           afternoon - thanks to you. I really
           appreciate your help. A few more
           minutes and Mister Slob would have
           had his way.

                       RIPLEY
           I'm glad I happened along when I
           did.

                       BELLE
           So am I.

Belle places her hand over Ripley's hand.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           It's such a lovely evening.    Perhaps
           we could walk for a awhile.

                       RIPLEY
           I'd like that very much.

Belle and Ripley stand and walk down the porch steps as Belle
takes Ripley's arm.

                       BELLE
           What do you do when you're not
           rescuing damsels in distress?

                       RIPLEY
           I'm a teacher by profession and a
           soldier by circumstance. My parents
           died when I was young.
                       (MORE)
                                                         50.

                      RIPLEY (CONT'D)
          My sister and I lived with my aunt
          and uncle in Boston. And what do
          you do when you're not beating up on
          men twice your size?

                      BELLE
          I worry about my father and what
          this war will do to our way of life.

                      RIPLEY
          Do you believe that slavery is right?

                      BELLE
          No. But where would they go? What
          would they do? I don't know the
          answer. The North says it's against
          slavery but buys all our cotton.

                      RIPLEY
          When this war ends we'll know the
          answer.

                      BELLE
          Enough of this talk. Tell me about
          your family. Do you miss them?

                       RIPLEY
          Not much to miss. My aunt and uncle
          took us in because we were related.
          They fed us and put clothes on our
          backs. My sister married and moved
          to New Jersey. I've lost touch with
          all of them.

                      BELLE
          Did you ever marry?

                      RIPLEY
          I'm waiting for love to come knocking
          on my door. What about you? Has
          love come knocking on your door?

Belle stops and faces Ripley.

                      BELLE
          I think love was in my room this
          afternoon.

Belle and Ripley stop walking, face each other, stare into
each other's eyes and kiss.
                                                         51.

INT.   HOTEL - DINING ROOM - NEXT DAY - MORNING

Three Union officers are sitting at a table eating breakfast.
The other dining room tables are empty.

Aunt Frances is serving..

Belle, starry-eyed, enters the dining room and sits down at
an empty table.

Aunt Frances walks over to Belle.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Good morning, Belle. You look
           positively radiant. You must have
           slept well.

                        BELLE
           What? Oh, yes, I did.    At least I
           think I did.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Are you all right?

                        BELLE
           Yes, I am.

Belle realizes that the dining room is nearly empty.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           Where are the rest of the officers?

                       AUNT FRANCES
           They left early this morning. General
           Patterson said goodbye and rode off
           with most of the troops.

                       BELLE
           Have you seen Mister Clarke this
           morning?

                       AUNT FRANCES
           No. As a matter of fact, I haven't
           seen him since yesterday afternoon.

Belle stands up.

                       BELLE
           I think I'll go check on the poor
           man.

Belle strides out of the dining room.
                                                           52.

                       AUNT FRANCES
               (to herself)
           What is the matter with that girl?

INT.   HOTEL - UPPER FLOOR - MOMENTS LATER

Belle walks down the hallway, stops in front of Clarke's
room and KNOCKS on the door.

The door opens, Clarke sees Belle and backs up.

                       CLARKE
           Get away from me.

Clarke attempts to shut the door as Belle pushes her way
into the room.

Clarke moves into the room followed closely by Belle.

                       BELLE
           You listen to me, Yankee. I'm not
           here to apologize for what I did to
           you yesterday. I'm here to tell you
           that if you don't tell me what I
           want to know I will tell my Uncle
           James to make sure that Stonewall
           Jackson and my father hear about
           what you tried to do to me.

Clarke, realizing his dilemma, sits in a chair.

                        CLARKE
           All right.   What do you want to know?

                       BELLE
           I know that General Patterson has
           left Front Royal with most of his
           troops. A very reliable source has
           informed me that several Union
           commanders are hunting down
           Stonewall's regiment.

                       CLARKE
           Did your knight in shining armor
           tell you they were hunting Jackson
           down?

                       BELLE
           Where are the troops going?

                       CLARKE
           I can't tell you that.

                       BELLE
           Can't or won't.
                                                            53.

Clarke stands up.

                      CLARKE
          Listen, Missy. I can't...

Belle shoves Clarke.

                      BELLE
          Don't Missy me you fat slob! I want
          to know where General Patterson went
          and what he's planning. If you don't
          tell me we can plan your funeral
          right now.

Clark sits down and buries his head in his hands.

                      CLARKE
          Shields knows that Jackson is heading
          towards Front Royal from the west.
          There are three Union forces ready
          to converge from the east, north and
          south. The closer Jackson gets to
          Front Royal the tighter the noose.

                       BELLE
          My God.   Oh, Daddy.

Clarke stands up.

                      CLARKE
          There are troops stationed a mile
          south, one company guarding the
          railroad, the others are camped at
          the wagon bridge. Jackson shows his
          rebel face and we'll plan his funeral,
          Missy.

Belle and Clarke lock eyes as Eliza rushes into the room.

                      ELIZA
          Miss Belle, Stonewall's regiment is
          at the top of the hill!

                      CLARKE
          He's a goner, Missy.    And so is your
          beloved daddy.

                      BELLE
          Not if I can help it.

Belle shoves Clarke onto the chair, pushes Eliza out into
the hall, takes the door key from the inside keyhole, slams
the door and locks it.
                                                          54.

                       CLARKE
               (from inside the room)
           Let me out, you bitch.

                       BELLE
               (from the hall)
           Good bye, you fat Yankee.

EXT.   STRICKLER HOTEL - MOMENTS LATER

Belle approaches a group of townspeople standing around
watching the Union troops running in all directions.

                       BELLE
           I have information that must be taken
           to General Jackson. Will one of you
           go?

A townsperson gives Belle an amused look.

                       TOWNSPERSON
           Why don't you do the honors yourself?

The other townspeople laugh at this remark.

Belle runs down the street right into Colonel Ripley.

                       RIPLEY
           Where are you going?

                        BELLE
           Oh, John.   My father is...

Ripley interrupts.

                       RIPLEY
           Closer than we all thought. Jackson
           surprised our outside pickets and
           his regiment is right beyond that
           hill.

                       BELLE
           What will you do?

                       RIPLEY
           We have to get the ordinance and
           stores out of his reach. Burn them
           if we have to. The bridges too.
           It's dangerous out here. Go back to
           the hotel. You'll be safe there. I
           have to go.

Belle watches Ripley run up the street.
                                                            55.

                       BELLE
               (to herself)
           So do I, John. So do I.

Belle runs off in the opposite direction past the Union
artillery and field cannon aimed at the hill.

EXT.   WOODS - MOMENTS LATER

Belle runs through the thicket and woods towards the top of
the hill. Her running figure attracts FIRE from both Union
and Confederate guns.

Bullets whiz by, spraying dirt and dust as Belle continues
to run. She falls, picks herself up and continues on as a
bullet shoots through her skirt and another bullet grazes
her arm causing her to cry out in pain, lose her balance and
fall.

Picking herself up and desperate to make herself recognized,
she reaches into her skirt pocket and pulls out Ripley's
blood stained yellow bandanna and begins waving it frantically
at the Confederate troops.

At the top of the hill, Ben Boyd has sighted and aimed his
rifle at the running figure. The yellow bandanna distracts
him his aim.

                        BEN BOYD
           Stop shooting! Don't shoot!   That's
           my daughter!

The Confederate troops stop their fire. Belle reaches the
top of the hill and collapses into her father's arms.

                       BEN BOYD (CONT'D)
           Belle! What are you doing? You
           could have been killed! Your arm!
           Your bleeding!

                       BELLE
           They mean to trap you from behind.
           The town has only a small contingent
           of troops. If you hurry you can
           beat them.

                       BEN BOYD
           Somebody go tell General Jackson
           what Belle just said.

Word spreads quickly and the Confederate force gathers at
the top of the hill and charges down toward Front Royal.
                                                          56.

INT.   HOTEL - LOBBY - MORNING

Belle, her arm bandaged, is sitting at a table with her
father.

Other Confederate troops are sitting around, talking quietly.

                       BELLE
           I wish you didn't have to leave.

                       BEN BOYD
           Jackson has orders to move further
           east. The Yankees will be back.
           They still occupy Martinsburg so you
           can't go home because they know it
           was you running through the trees.

                       BELLE
           I'll be all right, papa.   It's you
           I'm worried about.

                       BEN BOYD
           I'll be fine Belle. You stay here
           and out of sight. I want you to
           promise me that you won't go looking
           for information to bring to Jackson.
           Let somebody else risk their neck.

Ben gives Belle a look of fatherly love.

                       BEN BOYD (CONT'D)
           I almost killed you, Belle. I almost
           killed you.

                       BELLE
           I just want to help, that's all. I
           just want to help so you can come
           home.

Ben gets up and goes to Belle as she starts to cry.   Belle
stands and cries on her father's shoulder.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           I love you, papa. Please be careful.

                       BEN BOYD
           I love you too, sweetheart. You're
           very brave and I'm very proud of
           you.

Ben unfolds himself from Belle's arms as other soldiers grab
their gear and begin to leave the lobby.

                       BEN BOYD (CONT'D)
           I have to go.
                                                            57.

Belle watches her father leave.

INT.   STRICKLER HOTEL - BELLE'S ROOM - AFTERNOON

Belle and Eliza are looking out the window watching Union
troops entering Front Royal.

                       ELIZA
           I hope they're just riding through
           and not planning on setting up house
           again.

                       BELLE
           Jackson and my father are far away.

There's a KNOCK on the door.

Eliza opens the door to find Aunt Francis and Uncle James
standing in the hallway.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           Belle, there's an officer in the
           lobby who wishes to speak with you.

                       BELLE
           John!

Belle runs from the room.

INT.   HOTEL - LOBBY - MOMENTS LATER

Belle enters the lobby and is surprised by what she sees.

MAJOR FRANCIS SHERMAN, a tall, thin man in his forties and
course, grizzly bearded, middle-aged LUCAS CRIDGE are standing
in the lobby.

                       MAJOR SHERMAN
           Are you Belle Boyd?

                       BELLE
           Yes.

                       MAJOR SHERMAN
           I'm Major William Sherman and this
           is Detective Lucas Cridge.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           It is my duty to inform you Miss
           Boyd, that you are under arrest for
           aiding and abetting an enemy of the
           United States.

Cridge takes a note out of his pocket and reads it as Uncle
James and Aunt Frances enter the lobby and stand beside Belle.
                                                         58.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE (CONT'D)
           You will proceed immediately to Front
           Royal, Virginia and arrest, if found
           there, Miss Belle Boyd, and bring
           her at once to Washington where she
           is to be incarcerated. Signed, Edwin
           Stanton, Secretary of War.

                       BELLE
           What have I done?

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           You are an enemy of the United States
           government and as such, I am to escort
           you to the Federal prison in
           Washington.

Uncle James catches Belle as she swoons at this news.

                       AUNT FRANCES
           How could you do this? She's a child!

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           I have my orders. She's allowed to
           bring her clothes as none will be
           issued to her. I don't have all
           day.

Belle, recovering somewhat from the devastating news, turns
and walks towards the stairs with Cridge close behind.

Aunt Francis and Uncle James look on in sorrow.

INT.   HALLWAY OUTSIDE BELLE'S ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

                       BELLE
           Can I tidy up my room before you
           enter?

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           Oh no you don't.

Cridge roughly pushes past Belle into the room.

Cridge goes through dresser drawers, removes the mattress
and turns Belle's dresses inside out. Under garments are
inspected and thrown on the floor. Cridge looks under the
bed and finds a leather pouch full of messages.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE (CONT'D)
               (smirking)
           Just making sure you don't deliver
           these messages to the rebels.

Cridge finds a pistol under the bed.
                                                            59.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE (CONT'D)
           Well, well, well. Another trophy
           from the rebel spy. I'll take this
           as evidence along with these messages.

Cridge strides out into the hall way.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE (CONT'D)
           You have a half hour to pack your
           hussy clothes. Don't try to escape
           through the window. The hotel is
           surrounded by troops. Start packing.

Cridge walks down the hallway, laughing under his breath.

Belle looks at the room, sits on the floor and cries into
the heap of clothes surrounding her.

SUPER:   "WASHINGTON, D.C. - OLD CAPITOL PRISON - JULY, 1862"

INT.   WARDEN'S OFFICE - AFTERNOON

Belle is standing alone in the warden's office.

The prison warden, WILLIAM WOOD, a short, stocky, cordial
man in his fifties enters the room.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           So this is the celebrated rebel spy.
           I am very glad to meet you. My name
           is William Wood and I will attempt
           to make you as comfortable as
           possible. Come, let me show you to
           your room.

INT.   BELLE'S PRISON CELL - SECOND FLOOR - MOMENTS LATER

The cell is a dingy room containing a rickety bed, washstand,
table, cracked mirror, two old chairs and a broom.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           This is home for you, Miss Boyd. I
           hope you find the accommodations
           suitable. I will grant any reasonable
           request. The cell door will remain
           open if you promise to behave
           yourself. I will have your trunk
           brought up momentarily. Good bye.

As Wood leaves, Belle eyes the dingy cell, walks to a corner
and cries.

INT. BELLE'S PRISON CELL - SECOND FLOOR - LATER

Belle is unpacking her trunk and laying clothes on the floor.
                                                           60.

Wood enters with Lucas Cridge.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Mister Cridge has come to interview
           you on behalf of Secretary of War
           Stanton.

                        LUCAS CRIDGE
           Aren't you tired of prison already?
           I've come to take your confession.
           You know we've got plenty of evidence
           against you.

                       BELLE
           Why am I here?

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           You know your rebel cause is hopeless.
           Be a good girl and swear allegiance
           to the Union and you can go home.

Belle, frustrated, angry and scared, picks up the broom and
starts hitting Wood and Cridge, forcing them to back up
towards the cell door.

                        BELLE
           Get out!   Get out!

Cheers and yells are heard from the surrounding cells as
Wood and Cridge retreat to the safety of the corridor.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           You haven't seen the last of me.

Belle throws the broom which falls harmlessly to the floor.

Scared and confused by the strange surroundings, Belle slams
her cell door shut and falls face down on the cot, punching
the pillow and crying.

INT.   BELLE'S PRISON CELL - LATER - EVENING

Belle is moving her clothes from one pile to another trying
to make the cell as livable as she can.

Her food tray is untouched.

She sits down on the bed and starts to cry.

There is a KNOCK on the cell door and PRIVATE ROBERT GRANGER,
a young, innocent boy of twenty appears.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           I heard you crying.
                                                            61.

Belle wipes her tears on her sleeve.

                      PVT. GRANGER (CONT'D)
          Did you eat your supper?

Granger lifts the napkin from atop the food tray, makes a
sour face and replaces the napkin.

                      PVT. GRANGER (CONT'D)
          I can see why you didn't eat. I'll
          be right back.

Granger leaves the cell.

Belle lays down on the bed.

Granger returns.

                      PVT. GRANGER (CONT'D)
          I got you some peaches. I hope you
          like peaches.

Belle sits up and Granger hands her three peaches.

                       BELLE
          Thank you.

Belle places one peach under her pillow, gives one peach
back to Granger and starts to eat the remaining peach.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          Please, you eat that peach.

As Belle and Granger are eating their peaches, SERGEANT FRANK
GARRISON, a hardened, threatening presence storms into the
cell.

                      SGT. GARRISON
          What the hell is going on?

Granger, surprised by Garrison, drops the peach in Belle's
lap.

                      SGT. GARRISON (CONT'D)
          Making nice to the rebel bitch?
          I'll deal with that peach.

Garrison walks over to Belle and puts his hand on the peach
and pushes - hard.

Belle cries out and slaps Garrison across the face.

                      BELLE
          How dare you! Get out!
                                                          62.

                       SGT. GARRISON
           You hussy! You ain't seen the last
           of me, bitch!

Garrison storms out of the cell.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           Are you all right?

                       BELLE
           It's not your fault.    You better go.

Granger leaves the cell.

Belle starts to cry.

SUPER: "THREE WEEKS LATER"

INT.   BELLE'S PRISON CELL - MORNING

Belle, gaunt and weakened by three weeks in the cell is
sitting on the floor, staring at the ceiling.

There is a knock on the cell door and DOCTOR EDWARD BATES, a
kindly, middle-aged man enters.

                       DOCTOR BATES
           Hello Belle, I'm Doctor Bates. I
           was told you were a little under the
           weather.

                       BELLE
           I want to go home.

                       DOCTOR BATES
           Let me help you to the bed.

Granger helps Belle stand and walks her to the bed.

Bates checks Belle's pulse, looks into her eyes and squeezes
her hands.

                       DOCTOR BATES (CONT'D)
           I understand you eat very little.

                       BELLE
           I'm not hungry. I want to go home.

                       DOCTOR BATES
           If I could send you home I would.
           I'm going to improve the food being
           sent to you and I'm going to tell
           the warden to let you exercise in
           the yard. Sitting around in this
           cell isn't helping you.
                                                            63.

Bates leaves and Belle lies down on the bed.

INT.   WARDEN'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER

Warden Wood is seated at his desk as Doctor Bates enters.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Good morning, doctor. Am I sick?

                       DOCTOR BATES
           No time for jokes. Have you seen
           Belle Boyd recently?

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           No, I haven't. I've been tending to
           other prison duties. Why?

                       DOCTOR BATES
           She looks terrible. She's under
           nourished and in great need of
           exercise. Get some decent food in
           her and let her exercise in the yard.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           I'm not supposed to give her special
           treatment.

                       DOCTOR BATES
           Do you want a dead Joan of Arc on
           your hands? You read the papers.
           Every day it's another story about
           Belle Boyd the rebel spy. That whole
           thing at Front Royal has been blown
           out of proportion.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           I need permission from the War
           Department.

                       DOCTOR BATES
           I will have her moved to the infirmary
           if this is not taken care of. Imagine
           what the papers will make of poor
           Belle Boyd. Too sick to stay in her
           cell.

INT.   BELLE'S PRISON CELL - SAME DAY - LATER

Belle is laying on the bed as Warden Wood enters the cell.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Hello Belle, how are you?

Belle sits up.
                                                         64.

                       WILLIAM WOOD (CONT'D)
           Doctor Bates is concerned about your
           health. If he's worried then I'm
           worried. We can't have you moping
           around so I'm going to let you
           exercise every day in the yard for
           one-half hour. Would you like that?

                       BELLE
           Yes, I would. Can I exercise with
           the other prisoners?

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           No. As the only female prisoner it
           would be too great a distraction.
           You will exercise alone.

EXT.   PRISON EXERCISE YARD - EARLY AFTERNOON

Belle is walking up and down the yard.

The prisoners whose cells face the yard are quietly watching
Belle.

Belle starts to sing.

                       BELLE
           I wish I was in the land of cotton.
           Old times there are not forgotten.
           Look away! Look Away! Look away!
           Dixie Land.

Some of the prisoners start singing along.

                       BELLE AND SOME PRISONERS
           In Dixie Land where I was born in
           early on one frosty morning. Look
           Away! Look Away! Look Away! Dixie
           Land.

The singing is taken up by all the prisoners.

                       BELLE AND ALL PRISONERS
           Then I wish I was in Dixie Hooray!
           Hooray! In Dixie Land I'll take my
           stand to live and die in Dixie.
           Away! Away! Away down South in
           Dixie. Away! Away! Away down South
           in Dixie.

Passersby in the street stop to watch and listen in amazement.
                                                         65.

INT.   WARDEN'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER

Warden Wood is seated at his desk as Sergeant Garrison comes
storming in.

                       SGT. GARRISON
           Belle Boyd is singing in the yard.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           What?

                       SGT. GARRISON
           She's singing and all the damn
           prisoners are singing.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           What are they singing?

                       SGT. GARRISON
           What the hell does it matter! They're
           creating a commotion! They're singing
           that rebel song Dixie.

Wood gets up and leaves with Garrison.

EXT.   PRISON EXERCISE YARD - MOMENTS LATER

Wood and Garrison walk up to the singing Belle.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           I think that's enough singing. You're
           causing a disturbance among the
           prisoners.

Belle stops singing as do the prisoners.

                       BELLE
           My half-hour isn't up yet.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           It is for today.

As Wood takes Belle's arm to escort her out of the yard, the
passersby and prisoners start to boo.

                       WILLIAM WOOD (CONT'D)
           Do you see what you've done?
           Sergeant, see she gets to her cell.

Garrison grabs Belle roughly by the arm and pushes her inside
the prison door and starts dragging her up the stairs.

                       BELLE
           You're hurting my arm!
                                                         66.

                       SGT. GARRISON
           Shut the hell up!

Granger drags Belle to her cell, shoves her inside and pushes
her onto the bed.

                       SGT. GARRISON (CONT'D)
           Still feel like singing?

Granger leaves the cell just as Belle throws the bed pillow
in his direction.

INT.   BELLE'S PRISON CELL - SAME DAY - EARLY EVENING

Belle is enjoying a dinner of soup, potatoes, steak, pears,
peaches and coffee along with sugar cubes.

As Private Granger walks by on patrol, Belle calls to him.

                       BELLE
           Would you like some of this food?
           There is enough here for all of
           Washington.

Granger stands by the door cell.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           No thank you, Miss Boyd. Last time
           I took food from you I got both of
           us in trouble.

                       BELLE
           I hope it wasn't too much trouble.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           No, ma'am. Sergeant Garrison yelled
           at me for five minutes then he stomped
           away. Just like he always does.

Granger hears FOOTSTEPS coming up the stairs.

                       PVT. GRANGER (CONT'D)
           I have to go. Garrison is coming
           for change of guard.

Granger leaves in a hurry.

Garrison stops outside Belle's cell, sees the dinner Belle
is eating and steps into the cell.

                       SGT. GARRISON
           So that's your reward for almost
           causing a mutiny?
                                                           67.

                      BELLE
          Doctor Bates prescribed this food.
          We were only singing.

Belle stands and walks to the cell door.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          Do you think I could give some sugar
          cubes to the prisoners across the
          hall?

                      SGT. GARRISON
          Sure, why not.

Belle walks out of her cell and is about to hand the sugar
cubes to an outstretched hand from the cell across the hall
when Garrison smashes the butt-end of his rifle into her
hand causing Belle to fall to the floor, writhing in pain
and crying.

                      SGT. GARRISON (CONT'D)
          That's for slapping me in the face,
          bitch.

Belle, in pain, stands up holding her hand.

                      BELLE
          I want to see Warden Ward.

                       SGT. GARRISON
          Like hell!

Belle starts to walk around Garrison who pulls a knife and
points it at her middle.

                      SGT. GARRISON (CONT'D)
          You're not getting past me, bitch.

Belle pushes the knife away and Garrison pins her to the
wall, tearing her dress.

Belle screams, frees her undamaged hand and punches Garrison
and the fight begins.

The fighting and shouting brings sentries from the lower
floor who take Garrison away.

Belle, exhausted from the fight and pain in her hand, slowly
sinks to the floor.

                       BELLE
              (crying)
          I want to go home.   I just want to
          go home.
                                                            68.

INT.   BELLE'S PRISON CELL - EARLY AFTERNOON

Warden Wood is running through the hall.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           All you rebels get ready! You're
           all going to Dixie tomorrow.

Wood walks into Belle's cell.

                       WILLIAM WOOD (CONT'D)
           Did you hear me?! You're going home.

                       BELLE
           What happened?

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           An exchange of prisoners agreement
           has been reached. And you're going
           because of the publicity. But let
           me make this clear Belle, you are
           being exchanged not pardoned. If
           you are caught inside Union lines
           you will be sent back here.

                       BELLE
           So I am not free?

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           I'm sure you will behave yourself in
           the future. Hurry and pack. I can't
           wait to have an empty jail all to
           myself.

Wood leaves the cell and Belle quickly places her clothes in
her trunk.

                       BELLE
           Oh, thank you God.   Thank you!

EXT.   PRISON - SAME DAY - LATER

Prisoners are seen making their way out of the prison and
climbing into wagons.

Many of the prisoners tip their hats respectfully to Belle
who is standing off to the side with Warden Wood.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           A carriage will be coming for you.
           We thought it best if you didn't
           travel with the other prisoners.

                       BELLE
           Afraid I might start singing?
                                                         69.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Yes, something like that.

A Union military carriage drives up to the prison.

Colonel Ripley steps out.

                         BELLE
           John!

                       RIPLEY
           Hello, Miss Boyd.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           You two know each other?

                       RIPLEY
           I was at Front Royal when Miss Boyd
           warned Jackson's regiment of our
           trap. When I learned she was being
           released I requested this assignment
           to make sure she goes behind rebel
           lines.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Well, Colonel. She's all yours.

Wood turns and leaves.

                       RIPLEY
           Not a word, Belle. Not one word.
           Get in the carriage.

Belle climbs into the carriage as Ripley sees to her trunk.

EXT.   ROAD OUT OF WASHINGTON - MOMENTS LATER

                       BELLE
           John, I'm so sorry.   But I had to
           help my father.

                       RIPLEY
               (smiling)
           I would have done the same thing.    I
           came because I miss you and

Ripley locks eyes with Belle.

                       RIPLEY (CONT'D)
           I love you, Belle. I can't stop
           thinking about you. Wondering if
           you were safe in that Godforsaken
           prison. Nothing I could do.

Belle moves closer to Ripley.
                                                            70.

                       BELLE
           But what are we going to do? We
           can't be seen together or they would
           think you a traitor and me a turncoat.

                       RIPLEY
           We'll find a way. I'm taking you
           home before you go behind Confederate
           lines.

EXT.   BOYD HOME - AFTERNOON

Ripley and Belle drive up to the front of the house.

A funeral wagon is parked in front along with several wagons.

Belle jumps down from the carriage as a crying Mary comes
running from the house and hugs Belle.

                        MARY
           Oh, Belle.   It's daddy.

Belle and Mary walk into the house.

INT. BOYD HOME - SITTING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Ben Boyd is laying in an open coffin as Belle and Mary enter.

Belle goes to her mother and they both hug and cry.

Belle approaches the coffin and tenderly strokes her father's
head as tears well in her eyes.

                        BELLE
           Oh, daddy.

A weeping Belle turns and goes to her mother and sister and
the three women weep in each others arms.

INT.   BOYD HOME - DINING ROOM - SAME DAY LATER

Well wishers are standing around talking quietly.

Belle and Mrs. Boyd are sitting at the dining room table.

                       BELLE
           What happened, mama?

                       MRS. BOYD
           He was shot in the leg during a raid
           up in Winchester. The Yankees let
           him come home under a flag of truce.
           He lost so much blood there was no
           saving him.
                                                            71.

Ripley enters the dining room.

                       RIPLEY
           Miss Boyd, Missus Boyd.   I want to
           express my condolences.

                       BELLE
           Thank you, Colonel.

                       RIPLEY
           I am to inform you that immediately
           after the burial tomorrow, you are
           to leave for Winchester.

                       MRS. BOYD
           Why Winchester?

                       RIPLEY
           Belle was freed on condition that
           she stay behind Confederate lines.

EXT.   CEMETERY - MORNING

A closed coffin is seen in an open grave.

The day is dark and dreary with a misty rain falling.

A small group of Union soldiers are standing at a respectful
distance.

A minister is praying over the grave as mourners stand around.

The service ends and a tearful Belle, Mrs. Boyd, Mary and
Eliza walk away together.

                       MRS. BOYD
           Why can't the Yankees leave us alone?
           Even in death they watch us.

                       BELLE
           They won't be watching me in
           Winchester.

EXT.   BOYD HOME - AFTERNOON

A Union military wagon drives up to the front of the house
and Ripley jumps down.

Belle, Mary, Mrs. Boyd and Eliza are standing on the porch.

                       RIPLEY
           I will escort you to the Confederate
           lines, Miss Boyd. At that point you
           will be handed over to rebel forces
           and escorted to Winchester.
                                                            72.

Belle, Mrs. Boyd, Mary and Eliza say their sad good-byes.

Belle goes to the wagon and climbs in.

Ripley places Belle's trunk in the back of the wagon, climbs
in and drives away.

                      BELLE
          When will I see you again?

                      RIPLEY
          I don't know. Write a letter to
          your mother. Tell her about us so
          she can let me know how you are.
          This war has to end sometime and
          then we can be together.

                      BELLE
          I need you to hold me.

Ripley pulls the wagon off the road.

Belle and Ripley climb down and disappear into a clump of
trees. Later, they are seen holding hands and climbing back
into the wagon.

The wagon continues down the road and stops at a white flag
of truce.

Confederate soldiers are standing around waiting for Belle.

Belle climbs down as her trunk is off-loaded from the wagon.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          Thank you, Colonel Ripley.

Confederate SERGEANT SCOTT walks over to Belle.

                      SGT. SCOTT
          Hello, Miss Boyd. I'm Sergeant Scott.
          We will escort you from here. Did
          that Yankee treat you respectfully?

                      BELLE
          With the utmost courtesy, Sergeant.
          He made sure all of my needs were
          met.

                      SGT. SCOTT
          Glad to hear it, ma'am. You're a
          Southern treasure and we don't want
          anything happening to you.
                                                          73.

                       RIPLEY
           The lady was in good hands, Sergeant.
           I will take my leave. Goodbye, Miss
           Boyd.

                       BELLE
           Goodbye, Colonel.

Ripley climbs into the wagon and drives off.

                       SGT. SCOTT
           We have to make a stop before you go
           Richmond.

                       BELLE
           Where are we going?

                       SGT. SCOTT
           It's a surprise.

EXT.   CONFEDERATE ENCAMPMENT OF STONEWALL JACKSON

Tents are arrayed in an open field where soldiers are seen
cleaning rifles and busying themselves around cooking fires.

Confederate regimental and battle flags are visible.

As Belle's wagon drives through the camp, soldiers stop their
work and salute .

The wagon stops in front of the command tent as General
STONEWALL JACKSON comes out.

                       BELLE
           General Jackson!

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           Hello, Miss Boyd. I'm glad to finally
           meet the hero of Front Royal.

Belle stumbles out of the wagon in her rush to greet Jackson.

                        BELLE
           Oh, sir.   It's an honor to meet you.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           The honor is mine. I would like to
           offer my condolences at the death of
           your father. He was a fine man and
           a brave soldier. We all miss him.

                       BELLE
           Thank you, sir.
                                                            74.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           I asked Sergeant Scott to escort you
           here so I could properly thank you
           for your service to the Confederacy.

A Confederate squad, in full dress uniform, approaches Jackson
and stands at attention.

Musicians form behind Belle.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON (CONT'D)
           I thank you, for myself, for the
           Army and on behalf of the citizens
           of the Confederacy, for the immense
           service you have rendered your
           country. It is my privilege to
           commission you as Captain and honorary
           aide-de-camp. Sergeant Scott, may I
           have the package from my tent?

Scott enters the tent and comes out holding a bundle wrapped
in paper. He unwraps the bundle to reveal a full dress
Confederate uniform and hands it to Jackson.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON (CONT'D)
               (smiling)
           This is for you, Captain Boyd.
           Specially made just for you.

Jackson hands the stunned Belle a Captain's uniform coat,
skirt, boots and hat.

The musicians start to play "Dixie"

                       BELLE
           I don't know what to say.     I'm so
           proud.

"PUT IT ON" is heard from the assembled solders.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           Why don't you go into my tent and
           change?

Belle looks around at the tribute being given her.

                        STONEWALL JACKSON (CONT'D)
           Go on.   They worship you.

Belle enters the tent as two soldiers close the tent flap
and respectfully stand guard.

INT.   INSIDE THE TENT - MOMENTS LATER

Belle stares at the uniform.
                                                           75.

                        BELLE
           Oh, daddy. I wish you could be here
           to see this.

Belle, with tears in her eyes, changes into the uniform.

EXT.   TENT - MOMENTS LATER

Cheering erupts from the soldiers as Belle comes out of the
tent dressed in the uniform.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           I salute you, Captain Belle Boyd.

Belle cries on Jackson's shoulder as the cheering continues
and the music plays on.

INT.   JACKSON'S TENT - SAME DAY - LATER

Belle and Jackson are eating dinner.

Belle is in her uniform.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           Are you sure you want to go to
           Richmond?

                       BELLE
           If I go to Richmond the Yankees will
           think I'm out of the way.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           Your daddy was very proud of you for
           what you did at Front Royal. Half
           the men I know wouldn't have run up
           that hill.

                       BELLE
           I worried so much about daddy. I
           just wanted him to be safe. And now
           he's gone.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           What do you plan to do in Richmond?

                       BELLE
           I'm going to visit President Jefferson
           Davis.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
               (smiling)
           Make sure you change into civilian
           clothes before you get there. The
           citizens of Richmond wouldn't know
           what to make of Captain Belle Boyd.
                                                            76.

                       BELLE
           I will treasure this uniform forever.
           I can't thank you enough for such an
           honor.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           It's well deserved and has lifted
           the spirits of the regiment. They
           have prepared a tent for you. I've
           never seen battle hardened men act
           like school girls over how your tent
           should be furnished.

Jackson stands and Belle follows suit.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON (CONT'D)
           May I show you to your tent, Captain?

Belle and Jackson leave the tent.

EXT. JACKSON'S TENT - MOMENTS LATER

Belle and Jackson walk towards Belle's tent.

                       STONEWALL JACKSON
           Here it is. We all hope the
           accommodations meet with your
           approval. I will say good night.

                       BELLE
           Good night, sir. Thank you so much.

Jackson salutes and walks off as Belle enters the tent.

INT.   BELLE'S TENT - MOMENTS LATER

The tent is decorated with two lit silver candle sticks, a
lace table cloth covering a make shift table, a rocking chair,
a woven rug covering the dirt floor of the tent and a coverlet
on the cot.

                       BELLE
               (to herself)
           It's beautiful.

MUMBLING is heard outside the tent and Belle goes outside.

EXT:   BELLE'S TENT - MOMENTS LATER

Sergeant Scott and several soldiers are standing about as
Belle leaves the tent.

                       SGT. SCOTT
           We hope you like it, Miss Boyd.
                                                         77.

                       BELLE
           It's lovely. You didn't have to go
           to such trouble.

                        SGT. SCOTT
           We heard about your poor treatment
           in that Yankee prison and you being
           thrown out of your own home and all.
           We wanted to make you as comfortable
           as we could.

Belle walks over to Scott and kisses his cheek.

                       BELLE
           Thank you, Sergeant.

Belle walks up to each of the soldiers standing near by and
kisses each one on the cheek.

SUPER:   "RICHMOND, VIRGINIA"

INT.   OFFICE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS - AFTERNOON

JEFFERSON DAVIS is sitting behind a desk.

Belle is sitting in a chair in front of the desk.

A large Confederate flag is visible.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS
           So you have come to offer your
           services to the Confederacy.

                       BELLE
           Yes, Mister President. I could carry
           messages inside the lines. If I'm
           caught in Union territory I'll be
           put back in prison. I want to help,
           sir.

Davis stands and begins pacing in thoughtful contemplation.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS
           How would you like to go to Europe?

                       BELLE
           Europe?

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS
           Yes, England and France. You are an
           international celebrity. Respected
           in Europe for your activities for
           the Confederate cause.
                       (MORE)
                                                         78.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONT'D)
           You can tell them how important it
           is that they recognize the sovereignty
           of the Confederate States.

                       BELLE
           When do I leave?

                        JEFFERSON DAVIS
           More about that tomorrow. I would
           be honored if you would stay with me
           and my wife Varina at the Confederate
           White House.

                       BELLE
           Thank you, sir. The honor is mine.

INT.   BELLE'S BEDROOM - EVENING

Belle is sitting at a desk writing a note.

BELLE'S VOICE IS HEARD OFF CAMERA

                        BELLE
           Dear Momma: I am staying at the home
           of President Davis until my plans
           for Europe are finalized. He wants
           me to go England and France as his
           personal representative. I am
           enclosing a note for Colonel Ripley.
           Please see that he gets it. He will
           explain. Give my love to Mary and
           Eliza and I will write again soon.
           Love, Belle.

Belle folds the note and puts it, along with a folded note
for Ripley, into an envelope and seals it.

Belle stands up, blows out the candles and climbs into bed.

INT.   COLONEL RIPLEY'S TENT - AFTERNOON

Ripley and Lucas Cridge are seated.

                       RIPLEY
           Here's the note her mother gave me.

Ripley hands Cridge a note.

Cridge reads it.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           How sweet, Colonel. She must really
           like you.
                                                    79.

                       RIPLEY
           Let's just say that there's an
           attraction.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           We have to get her back across Union
           lines so we can arrest her and put
           her back in jail.

                       RIPLEY
           Why not just let her go to Europe?
           How much harm can she do over there?

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           She's as much a celebrity over there
           as she is here. We don't need her
           making eyes at the King of France
           and the damn English coming in on
           the rebel side. Don't go soft on me
           now, Ripley. Besides, you could
           still be charged with treason for
           passing information to her.

                       RIPLEY
           Some of my best friends were killed
           because of her.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           The messages I found in her room
           when I arrested her were detailed
           notes of troop movements and regiment
           strengths. She's a very dangerous
           young lady.

                       RIPLEY
           I'll write a note for her mother to
           send to her. If all goes well she'll
           meet me at the truce line where I
           dropped her off.

EXT.   UNION/CONFEDERATE TRUCE LINE - AFTERNOON

Belle is driving up the road with Sergeant Scott.

The wagon stops and Belle and Scott climb down.

                       SGT. SCOTT
           Are you sure this is all right, Miss
           Belle?

                       BELLE
           Yes, it is. I really want to see my
           mother and sister before I go to
           Europe.
                                                            80.

Ripley's wagon comes down the road, stops and he climbs out.

Some Confederate troops load Belle's trunk onto Ripley's
wagon.

                       RIPLEY
           Hello, Miss Belle.   Sergeant.

                       SGT. SCOTT
           I guess I'll be going.    Goodbye,
           Miss Belle.

Scott climbs into the wagon and drives away.

                       BELLE
           Are you alone?

                       RIPLEY
           Easier coming and going if I'm alone.

                       BELLE
           Then kiss me.

Belle and John kiss, climb into the wagon and drive off.

The wagon approaches Union troops and wagons along with Lucas
Cridge.

Ripley stops the wagon and climbs down as Cridge walks to
the wagon.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           Miss Boyd, you are under arrest
           for violating your parole. I'm here
           to take you back to Washington.

                        BELLE
           John, why?   Why did you betray me?

                       RIPLEY
           Because you betrayed me at Front
           Royal.

Ripley walks to a horse, mounts and rides away.

INT.   WARDEN'S OFFICE - AFTERNOON

Belle is standing as Warden Wood enters the room.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Well, Miss Boyd. How nice to see
           you again. Would you like your old
           room? There's a clean sheet on the
           cot and I had the room swept out.
           Your clothes trunk awaits you.
                                                         81.

                       BELLE
           May I go now.

                        WILLIAM WOOD
           Of course.   You know the way.

Belle leaves and walks up the stairs to her cell.

INT.   BELLE'S CELL - MOMENTS LATER

Belle is unpacking her trunk and lovingly removes her uniform
and places it under the cot.

Private Granger enters the cell carrying a small paper bag.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           Hello, Miss Boyd. Sorry.

                       BELLE
           Sorry for what?

                       PVT. GRANGER
           Sorry that you have to be here again.

                       BELLE
           It's not your fault. Just keep
           Garrison away from me.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           He was re-assigned to Fort Jackson
           down in Louisiana.

                       BELLE
           Good. I hope he gets re-assigned to
           South America.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           He won't be bothering you any more.
           You can eat your peaches in peace.

Granger hands the bag to Belle.

                        BELLE
           Peaches.   Thank you, Private.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           You don't look well. Are you feeling
           all right?

                       BELLE
           I'm a little tired from the trip.
           I'm more cramped up then the last
           time. I could use some exercise.
           Would you ask the warden if I could
           walk in the yard for a bit?
                                                         82.

                        PVT. GRANGER
           Sure.   I'll be right back.

Granger leaves and Belle changes into her uniform.

INT.   BELLE'S CELL - MOMENTS LATER

Granger enters the cell.

                          PVT. GRANGER
           Oh.

Granger stares at Belle.

                       BELLE
           Is something wrong?

                        PVT. GRANGER
           No.   It's just that you...

                       BELLE
           I changed into something more suitable
           for walking in the yard. Did the
           warden say I could exercise?

                       PVT. GRANGER
           Yes, he did. No one is in there now
           so you can go. I can't wait to see
           his face when he sees you.

                       BELLE
           Will you escort me to the yard?

                       PVT. GRANGER
           It would be an honor, Captain Boyd.

Granger salutes and leads Belle out of the cell.

EXT.   EXERCISE YARD - MOMENTS LATER

Belle is walking up and down the yard to the cheering of the
prisoners and the yelling and clapping of passersby.

Warden Wood enters the yard and runs up to Belle.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           What are you doing?

                          BELLE
           I'm walking.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           What are you wearing?
                                                         83.

                         BELLE
           My uniform.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Who gave you that?

                       BELLE
           Stonewall Jackson commissioned me a
           captain in his regiment. I'm entitled
           to wear it when I choose.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Get back to your cell.

Belle, with military bearing, walks out of the yard
accompanied by continuous cheering and clapping of prisoners
and passersby.

INT.   BELLE'S PRISON CELL - MOMENTS LATER

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           I want that uniform.

                       BELLE
           It's my uniform and as a commissioned
           officer in the Second Virginia
           Infantry, Confederate States of
           America, I am entitled to wear this
           uniform. The other prisoners are
           allowed to wear their uniforms.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           But they're men.

Belle locks eyes with Wood who backs up upon realizing his
mistake.

                       BELLE
           I earned this uniform. Now get out
           of my cell before I call the guard
           and have you thrown out.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           This is my prison! You can't throw
           me out of your cell.

                       BELLE
           Get out and stay out! Private
           Granger! Corporeal of the Guard!

                         WILLIAM WOOD
           All right.    I'm leaving.   Goodbye,
           Miss Boyd.

Wood quickly leaves the cell.
                                                           84.

Belle shouts down the hallway.

                       BELLE
           That's Captain Boyd to you!

SUPER:   "FOUR MONTHS LATER"

INT.   BELLE'S PRISON CELL - MORNING

Belle is reading her Bible as Private Granger enters the
cell.

                       BELLE
           Good morning. Why the long face?

                       PVT. GRANGER
           Stonewall Jackson was killed yesterday
           at Chancellorsville. He was
           accidentally shot by his own troops.

                       BELLE
           Thank you for telling me.

                       PVT. GRANGER
           My condolences to you, Miss Boyd. I
           want you to know that General Jackson
           was respected by us boys in blue.

Granger leaves as Belle takes her uniform from under the cot
and lovingly strokes the coat as she cries.

INT.   WARDEN'S OFFICE - AFTERNOON

Doctor Bates and Warden Wood are seated in the office.

                       DOCTOR BATES
           She has typhoid. Probably got it
           from eating peaches with the skin
           on. She needs to go home.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Only an executive order from the
           Secretary of War can get her out of
           here. She's under an order of
           execution.

                       DOCTOR BATES
           Do you want her to die here?

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           That's the last thing I need. The
           Rebel Joan of Arc dies at the hands
           of Warden William Wood.
                                                            85.

                       DOCTOR BATES
           Then get permission to send her home.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Easier said than done. But I don't
           think even Lincoln wants her to die
           here.

EXT.   PRISON - MORNING

Belle is being carried on a pallet by four Union soldiers
who place her in a Union medical wagon.

William Wood is talking to Colonel Ripley.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Just sign here, Colonel and she's
           all yours.

Ripley signs the paper and climbs into the back of the wagon
with Belle.

INT.   MEDICAL WAGON - MOMENTS LATER

                       RIPLEY
           Belle, can you hear me?

                       BELLE
           Leave me alone. Why are you here?

                       RIPLEY
           I'm taking you home.

                       BELLE
           Are you going to kill me?

                       RIPLEY
           That's the last thing I want to do.
           I'm sorry for what happened but if I
           didn't give you up to Cridge they
           would have found me guilty of treason
           for what I told you that first night
           we were together.

                       BELLE
           Then you really love me?

                       RIPLEY
           With all my heart, Belle.

                       BELLE
           Am I going to die?
                                                            86.

                       RIPLEY
           Not if I can help it. Rest now.
           Your mother and Mary are very anxious
           to see you. They'll take good care
           of you.

Belle falls asleep as the wagon rolls on.

INT.   BOYD HOME - BELLE'S BEDROOM - AFTERNOON

Belle, weak,weary and feverish from the ravages of typhoid,
is laying in bed. Ripley and Mrs. Boyd, with worried looks,
are seated next to the bed. Eliza is applying cold clothes
to Belle's head.

                       BELLE
           Where's Mary?

                       MRS. BOYD
           She went to get some things from the
           store. She'll be back soon.

                       BELLE
           She looks tired. I'm worried about
           her.

                       MRS. BOYD
               (laughing)
           She looks tired? You should see how
           you look. I think it's about time
           you started worrying about yourself.

                       BELLE
           I can't, mama. Daddy died for what
           he believed in and I won't stop
           helping. I don't want to think he
           died for nothing.

Belle falls asleep as Ripley, Mrs. Boyd and Eliza quietly
leave the room.

INT.   DINING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Ripley and Mrs. Boyd are seated at the dining room table.

                       MRS. BOYD
           Will this war never end?

                       RIPLEY
           When it does end, it will end badly
           for the Confederacy.
                                                           87.

                      MRS. BOYD
          My heart doesn't believe that but my
          eyes tell me different. I see the
          comings and goings of our troops and
          yours. Yours are well fed and well
          clothed. Ours wear rags on their
          feet and look so defeated.

                      RIPLEY
          Both sides are weary but you're right.
          We have the guns, the men and Abraham
          Lincoln.

                      MRS. BOYD
          Both sides have good men, if you're
          an example of Union good. How could
          so many good men agree to have a
          war?

                      RIPLEY
          It's not the good men who decide to
          fight a war. It's the politicians
          who decide that good men will fight
          the wars for their selfish purposes.

                      MRS. BOYD
          What will you and Belle do? She's
          told me that you plan to marry.
          Isn't that dangerous for both of
          you?

                      RIPLEY
          I intend to go to England with her.
          After she recuperates and goes to
          Richmond to pick up the dispatches
          from the Confederate government,
          we'll sail to England and marry there.

                      MRS. BOYD
          So I don't get to see my daughter
          marry.

                      RIPLEY
          She needs to be as far away as
          possible. There's nothing here for
          me. The army knows I revealed
          information to Belle and I'm a marked
          man. I'd do anything to see she's
          safe.

                      MRS. BOYD
          Please take care of her.

Mrs. Boyd starts to cry and Ripley goes to consoles her.
                                                         88.

SUPER:   "LONDON, ENGLAND"

INT.   SMALL CHURCH - MORNING

Belle, dressed in white and facing the altar, is standing
next to Ripley who is dressed in a black, broadcloth suit.

The marriage ceremony is witnessed by a man and woman standing
behind Belle and Ripley.

The REVEREND THOMAS HARDY is facing Belle and Ripley.

                       REVEREND HARDY
           Do you, John Simon Ripley, take
           Isabella Boyd to be your lawfully
           wedded wife? To have and to hold,
           for richer or poorer 'till death do
           you part?

                       RIPLEY
           I do.

                       REVEREND HARDY
           And do you, Isabella Boyd, take John
           Simon Ripley to be your lawfully
           wedded husband? To have and to hold,
           for richer or poorer 'till death do
           you part?

                       BELLE
           I do.

                       REVEREND HARDY
           Then by the power vested in me by
           Almighty God and the Church of England
           I pronounce you man and wife. Go in
           peace to love and serve the Lord.
           You may kiss the bride, Mister Ripley.

Ripley and Belle lock eyes and tenderly kiss.

Reverend Hardy and the two witnesses congratulate Belle and
Ripley.

                       REVEREND HARDY (CONT'D)
           Do you plan a honeymoon?

                       BELLE
           John is leaving for America in a few
           week with dispatches for the
           Confederate government and to see my
           family. Your prime minister has
           graciously invited me to visit him.
                       (MORE)
                                                         89.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           I hope to persuade him to recognize
           the sovereignty of the Confederate
           States.

                       REVEREND HARDY
           Good luck to both of you.

                       BELLE
           Thank you for performing the ceremony
           on such short notice. John and I
           both appreciate your kindness and
           arranging for the witnesses.

                       REVEREND HARDY
           My cousins were delighted when I
           told them that the celebrated Belle
           Boyd needed witnesses for her wedding.

                         BELLE
           Celebrated?

                       REVEREND HARDY
           You are known internationally. The
           French newspapers call you La Belle
           Rebelle.

                       RIPLEY
           So I guess I'll be known as the
           husband of Belle Boyd. I'll have to
           get used to Missus Ripley being
           eternally referred to as Belle Boyd.

Everyone laughs as the group leaves the church.

INT.   BEDROOM - SAME DAY - EVENING

Belle and Ripley are laying in bed, entwined in each other's
arms. One lit candle creates a soft, romantic atmosphere.

                       BELLE
           I wish we could stay like this
           forever.

                        RIPLEY
           So do I, sweetheart. But our lives
           won't be our own until this damnable
           war is over.

                       BELLE
           I want to go back to America with
           you.
                                                            90.

                       RIPLEY
           I wish with all my heart that you
           could. But if they catch you...

                       BELLE
           Would they really hang me?

                       RIPLEY
           You have no idea how dangerous they
           think you are. You are a symbol of
           Confederate courage and resistance.

                       BELLE
           I don't feel very resistant at the
           moment.

                       RIPLEY
           I'm glad you said that.

Ripley sits up, blows out the candle and snuggles next to
Belle.

SUPER:   "RICHMOND, VIRGINIA"

INT.   OFFICE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS - AFTERNOON

Jefferson Davis and Ripley are seated.

A Confederate flag is visible.

An   opened dispatch pouch is on the desk.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS
           Even though the news is bad I
           appreciate your bringing these
           dispatches.

Davis begins looking through the various dispatches.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONT'D)
           Did Miss Boyd indicate that there
           was any hope of the English and French
           recognizing the Confederate
           government?

                       RIPLEY
           History is not on your side.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS
           How so?

                       RIPLEY
           The English cannot and will not ask
           their citizens to approve of something
                       (MORE)
                                                           91.

                       RIPLEY (CONT'D)
           they abolished over thirty years
           ago.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS
           Do you approve of slavery?

                       RIPLEY
           I do not.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS
           But you believe in our cause.

                       RIPLEY
           I believe in Belle, not your cause.
           I came here with these dispatches so
           you would know your cause is lost.
           It was lost from the beginning.

Uncomfortable with the way this conversation is going, Davis
stands.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS
           I know you are anxious to be on your
           way, so I won't hold you any longer.

Ripley stands.

                       JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONT'D)
           Please tell Belle that I appreciate
           her service to our cause.

Davis extends his hand but Ripley ignores the gesture.

                       RIPLEY
           Goodbye.

Ripley turns and heads for the door as Davis rifles through
the dispatches in search of any shred of good news.

                       RIPLEY (CONT'D)
           Belle fights for her own cause, not
           yours.

Ripley leaves the room.

SUPER:   "MARTINSBURG, VIRGINIA"

EXT.   DUSTY ROAD - AFTERNOON

Ripley is riding up the road in a horse and buggy.

Union troops block his way.

As Ripley stops the wagon, Cridge, on a horse, rides up.
                                                         92.

                          LUCAS CRIDGE
           Hello, John.

                       RIPLEY
           How did you know I was here?

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           We have as many associates in England
           as the rebels do. Your famous wife
           is easy to keep track of. The
           Reverend Hardy, no friend of slavery,
           informed our people that you were
           coming back with dispatches for the
           rebels.

                       RIPLEY
           What happens now?

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           I am placing you under arrest for
           desertion and treason.

SUPER:   "WASHINGTON, D.C. - OLD CAPITAL PRISON"

INT.   WARDEN'S OFFICE - AFTERNOON

Ripley is standing in front of Warden Wood's desk.

Warden Wood, sitting at his desk, makes a dramatic show of
this turn of events.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           The last time you were here it was
           to escort the sickly Miss Boyd home.
           And now you are here as a prisoner.

Wood stands up.

                       WILLIAM WOOD (CONT'D)
           I think it is only fitting that you
           occupy the cell once occupied by
           your wife. Come with me, I'll show
           you to your new home.

Wood and Ripley leave the office.

INT.   PRISON CELL - MOMENTS LATER

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Enjoy your stay, traitor.

As Wood leaves the cell, he closes and locks the cell door
as Ripley sits on the cot and holds his head in his hands in
resignation.
                                                         93.

EXT: PRISON EXERCISE YARD - AFTERNOON

Ripley and other prisoners are strolling through the yard.

Warden Wood enters the yard from the prison door and walks
up to Ripley.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           You have a visitor.

                       RIPLEY
           And who might that be?

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           Lucas Cridge. He's in my office
           waiting to talk to you.

Ripley and Wood leave the yard.

INT.   WARDEN'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           What were in those dispatches you
           took to Richmond?

                       RIPLEY
           I don't know.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           The War Department has decided to
           keep you here for the duration of
           the war. However, I could see to it
           that you had certain privileges if
           you tell me what you heard in England.
           I would see to it that you received
           your mail.

                          RIPLEY
           I have mail?

                        LUCAS CRIDGE
               (smirking)
           From your lovely bride. She misses
           you so much.

                       RIPLEY
           You read my mail? You have no right
           to read my mail!

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           You have no rights! You are at the
           tender mercies of the United States
           Government, which is me as far as
           you're concerned! Now, tell me what
           you know!
                                                           94.

Ripley rubs his temples, caught between wanting Belle's
letters and giving damaging information to Cridge.

                       RIPLEY
           Let me have the letters first.    Then
           I'll tell you what I know.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           I'll give you one letter. If you
           give me useful information, I'll
           give you the rest.

                       RIPLEY
           When do I get the letter?

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           I'll get them from my carriage.
           Return to your cell and I'll bring
           them there.

Cridge leaves the office with Ripley hard on his heels.

INT.   PRISON CELL - LATER

Ripley is seated on the cot as Cridge walks in.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           Here is letter number one.

Cridge hands a letter to Ripley.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE (CONT'D)
           I will let you read the letter in
           private and return tomorrow morning.

Cridge leaves the cell and locks the door.

Ripley removes the letter and some money from the envelope
and reads the letter.

V. O. of Belle.

Dear John: My heart grieves for your circumstance for I
know it was your love for me that has caused your
imprisonment. Be strong my love; I am lost without you. I
will always hold you in my heart and await the day we are
together again. Yours in true love, Belle.

Ripley folds the letter, places it in the envelope along
with the money and tucks it under his pillow.

INT:   DOCTOR'S OFFICE - AFTERNOON

Belle is sitting on an examination table talking with doctor,
a kindly, middle-aged man.
                                                         95.

                          BELLE
           Was I right?

                       DOCTOR
           Quite correct. You're going to have
           a baby. I understand your husband
           is not in the best of circumstances
           back home.

                       BELLE
           No, he's not. But I'm going to do
           something about that right now.

INT.   PRISON CELL - MORNING

Cridge enters Ripley's cell and throws a packet of letters
on the cot.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           Tell me what you know or I'll take
           the letters and burn them.

                       RIPLEY
           The English will not recognize the
           Confederacy unless they abolish
           slavery.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           What about the French? Will they
           come in on the rebel side?

                       RIPLEY
           Only if the English come in.

                       LUCAS CRIDGE
           So I guess this war is about over.
           By the way, I'll save you the trouble
           of reading your wife's love letters.
           You're going to be a father.

Cridge quickly exits and locks the cell door as Ripley lunges
towards him.

                          RIPLEY
           You bastard!

SUPER:   "THE WHITE HOUSE - WASHINGTON, D.C."

INT.   OVAL OFFICE - AFTERNOON

PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN is talking with Secretary of War,
EDWIN STANTON.
                                                            96.

                       PRESIDENT LINCOLN
           Am I to understand that if she
           publishes her memoirs many Union
           politicians and military officers
           could be embarrassed?

                       EDWIN STANTON
           It's hard to tell what is truth and
           what is fiction when it comes to
           Belle Boyd. The newspapers have
           made her a celebrity and any snippet
           of information concerning her comings
           and goings tend to be exaggerated.

Lincoln picks up a letter.

                       PRESIDENT LINCOLN
           She threatens to reveal to the world
           her treatment at the hands of prison
           officials if her husband is not
           returned to her immediately. Any
           suggestions, Mister Stanton?

                       EDWIN STANTON
           Under the circumstances, I think
           releasing her husband would be the
           wisest course of action, Mister
           President.

                       PRESIDENT LINCOLN
           Take care of it, Edwin.

                       EDWIN STANTON
           Yes, Mister President. I'll do it
           right away.

Stanton leaves the Oval Office as Lincoln ponders Belle's
letter.

INT.   PRISON CELL - EARLY EVENING

Warden Wood enters the cell occupied by Ripley.

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           You are free to go.

                        RIPLEY
           Excuse me?

                       WILLIAM WOOD
           You are no longer in my custody.
           Go.

                       RIPLEY
           What happened?
                                                             97.

                         WILLIAM WOOD
             Your wife wrote a letter to Lincoln
             and all hell broke loose.

Wood takes a paper from his coat pocket.

                         WILLIAM WOOD (CONT'D)
             Here is your release, take it and
             go.

Ripley takes the paper, gathers his few possessions along
with the packet of letters and makes a hasty exit.

EXT.   PRISON - MOMENTS LATER

As Ripley strides down the street, he sees Cridge standing
by a prison wagon unloading some prisoners and walks over to
him.

                         RIPLEY
             Goodbye, Cridge.

                         LUCAS CRIDGE
             Goodbye, John. No hard feelings?

Ripley punches Cridge in the mouth, knocking him down.

Surprised by the sucker punch, Cridge lays on the ground.

                         RIPLEY
             That's for violating my wife's
             personal garments and reading my
             mail, you bastard!

Ripley walks down the street leaving Cridge to his own
devices.

                         LUCAS CRIDGE
             At least I didn't steal the money
             she sent you.

MONTAGE --    Ripley stops at an inn.

        --    He is seen walking in the rain.

        --    He is seen boarding a ship.

        --    He is seen coughing heavily.

        --    He disembarks and runs to the waiting Belle.

END OF MONTAGE

Belle and Ripley cry and kiss in each other's arms.
                                                            98.

                       BELLE
           I never thought I would see you again.
           I missed you so much. I was so
           worried for you.

                       RIPLEY
           They never told me what was in your
           letter to Lincoln.

Ripley has a coughing fit.

                       BELLE
           If they didn't release you I was
           going to tell the world how shabbily
           I was treated in prison, among other
           things.

                       RIPLEY
           It's over now. How are you, and the
           baby?

Ripley places his hand on Belle's stomach and has another
coughing fit.

                       BELLE
           Are you all right?

                       RIPLEY
           I'm very tired. I had    to make my
           way from Washington to   New York to
           catch the ship. I had    to walk part
           of the way. It rained    a lot.

                       BELLE
           Let's get you home and into some
           clean clothes.

Belle and Ripley leave the dock.

INT.   BEDROOM - EVENING

Ripley is laying in bed, sleeping.    He coughs in his sleep.

A doctor, with a look of concern, is standing over Ripley.

Belle is lighting candles.

                       DOCTOR
           I need to speak to you outside.

Belle and the doctor leave the room.
                                                            99.

INT:   LIVING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

                       DOCTOR
           He has pneumonia. His lungs are
           congested and his vital signs are
           weak.

Watson places a sympathetic hand on Belle's shoulder.

                       DOCTOR (CONT'D)
           I'll be back in the morning.

                        BELLE
           Thank you.

The doctor leaves and Belle goes back into the bedroom.

INT.   BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Belle straightens the covers, brushes Ripley's hair back
from his forehead and lights more candles.

She sits in the chair next to the bed and holds Ripley's
hand.

SUPER:   "RICHMOND, VIRGINIA"

EXT.   ROOF OF THE CONFEDERATE WHITE HOUSE - LATE MORNING

THREE UNION SOLDIERS are removing a large Confederate flag
from atop the building and are hoisting a large Union flag
in its place.

FOUR UNION SOLDIERS, along with SERGEANT BURNS, a tough, war
weary veteran, are standing around on the ground watching
the soldiers on the roof.

Visible and standing to the side are two elderly women, MRS.
BOWEN, a proud, determined woman of fifty and MRS. JENKINS,
a strong-willed, forceful woman also fifty.

A soldier on the roof throws the Confederate flag down to
Burns.

                       SOLDIER ON THE ROOF
           Here you go. We don't have to wipe
           ourselves with tree branches for
           awhile.

Burns and the other soldiers laugh and joke at the remark.

Burns takes out a knife as if to cut up the flag.

                       MRS. BOWEN
           Don't do that.
                                                        100.

Harris turns toward Mrs. Bowen.

                      SGT. BURNS
          Do what?

                      MRS. BOWEN
          Cut up that flag.

                      SGT. BURNS
          This your flag?

                      MRS. BOWEN
          It's my country's flag and it means
          a great deal to me.

                      SGT. BURNS
          How so, ma'am?

                      MRS. BOWEN
          My son and brother died for that
          flag. I will fight you before I let
          you cut it up.

Burns looks at Mrs. Jenkins.

                      SGT. BURNS
          And you, ma'am? Will you join in
          the fight to save this flag?

                      MRS. JENKINS
          My husband has been missing for two
          years. He would not want me to let
          you cut up that flag if I could stop
          you.

Burns senses the pride and determination of the two women.

                      SGT. BURNS
          If you were in my shoes, what would
          you do?

Mrs. Bowen steps closer to Burns.

                      MRS. BOWEN
          Men died on both sides. Mostly good
          men, mostly brave. If I were you
          I'd step aside and leave that flag
          be. It means nothing to you but it
          means a great deal to us.

Looking long and hard at the two women who maintain unblinking
eye contact with him, Burns makes his decision.
                                                        101.

                       SGT. BURNS
           I believe it does. No disrespect
           was meant to you kinfolk. You can
           have the flag.

Burns bends to pick up the flag.

                       MRS. JENKINS
           That won't be necessary.   We will
           tend to the flag.

Burns backs away from the flag.

Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Bowen pick up the flag and carefully
fold it.

As they walk away with the flag, Burns removes his hat in a
gesture of respect and the other soldiers follow suit.

EXT.   CEMETERY - MORNING

The day is dark and dreary with a misty rain falling.

Belle, along with a small group of sympathizers are standing
next to a closed coffin in an open grave.

A minister is praying over the grave.

As the minister finishes the service, Belle steps up to the
grave, picks up a handful of dirt and drops it into the grave.

                       BELLE
           I will miss you, John.

As she walks away from the grave, a reporter, with a note
pad and pencil in hand, strides up to Belle.

                       REPORTER
           Now that the war is over, what are
           your plans?

                       BELLE
           What did you say?

                       REPORTER
           One of the ships that came in last
           night brought the news. Lee has
           surrendered. Your war is over.

Shaken by the news, Belle looks back at the open grave then
turns resolutely back to the reporter

                       BELLE
           I'm going home to have my baby.   I
           want to be with my family.
                                                           102.

Belle leaves the cemetery followed by the mourners.

SUPER:   "MARTINSBURG"

INT.   BELLE'S BEDROOM - AFTERNOON

Eliza, Mary and Mrs. Boyd are scurrying around, tending to
Belle who is in the throes of delivering her baby.

The baby is born, cleaned and placed on Belle's stomach.

                          MRS. BOYD
           It's a girl.     A beautiful baby girl.

Eliza, Mary and Mrs. Boyd are crying happily as Belle holds
her baby.

                       BELLE
           I wish Daddy and John could be here.

SUPER:   "RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SOUTH"

EXT.   BOYD HOME - PORCH - AFTERNOON

Belle, rocking a cradle, and Mrs. Boyd are sitting on the
porch.

                       MRS. BOYD
           What will you do?

                       BELLE
           I'm going to run the store and take
           care of my baby. Start being a sister
           to Mary.

                       MRS. BOYD
           Mister Meaders can run the store.
           You should take some time for
           yourself.

                       BELLE
           No. Working in the store will take
           my mind off John and daddy.

                       MRS. BOYD
           All that time in prison, John in
           prison and dead, your father dead
           and buried. Everything lost.

Belle takes the baby out of the cradle and hands it to her
mother.

                       BELLE
           But look what we gained.
                                                          103.

                      MRS. BOYD
          She is so beautiful.

Belle and Mrs. Boyd coo over the baby as Eliza and Mary come
out on the porch.

                      ELIZA
          It's my turn to hold her.

                      MARY
          Oh no it's not. It's my turn.

Mrs. Boyd hands the baby to Mary.

                      BELLE
          Come walk with me, Eliza.

Belle stands and walks down the porch steps with Eliza.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          I never thanked you for all did for
          me.

                      ELIZA
          I was glad to help.

                      BELLE
          Now that the war is over, where will
          you go?

                      ELIZA
          I'm staying right here, with the
          only family I know.

Belle stops walking and faces Eliza.

                       BELLE
          I'm so glad you said that.   I dreaded
          you leaving.

                      ELIZA
          I could have left anytime. Your
          daddy freed me the day he bought me
          and gave me a paper to prove it. He
          said I could stay as long as I wanted
          and all I had to do was help around
          the house.

                      BELLE
          He never told me.

                      ELIZA
          Your mother and Mister Meaders knew.
                                                           104.

                       BELLE
           Thank you for telling me.

                       ELIZA
           Let's go back to the house.    It's my
           turn to hold the baby.

Belle and Eliza laugh, exchange hugs and tender words as
they walk back to the house.

INT.   STORE - MORNING

Belle is busy behind the counter.    A bassinet is seen on the
counter.

Belle stops her work and peeks into the bassinet.

                       BELLE
               (smiling)
           Good morning, Grace.   Did you sleep
           well?

The front door opens and DAVID CARTER, a thin, gaunt man of
thirty enters the store.

Carter's Confederate uniform is shabby and war torn. There
are no buttons on his uniform coat which he holds closed
over his stomach.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           Good morning, Mister Carter.

Belle notices the absence of buttons.

                       BELLE (CONT'D)
           Did you come to buy some buttons for
           your coat?

                       DAVID CARTER
           I don't have any money, Miss Belle.

                       BELLE
           Let's get you some buttons. You
           can't go around without any buttons
           on your coat.

As Belle rummages through a drawer full of buttons, Meaders
enters the store front from the rear and also notices the
absence of buttons on Carter's coat.

                       MR. MEADERS
           They got you too.
                                                        105.

                       DAVID CARTER
           What are we supposed to do when it
           gets cold?

                       BELLE
           What are you two talking about?

                       MR. MEADERS
           It's the Yankees. They say all
           Confederate insignia buttons must be
           removed. Hats, coats and pants.

                       BELLE
           I've been so busy with the baby I
           didn't notice.

                       DAVID CARTER
           We're still the enemy. It's worse
           now that General Patterson is in
           command.

                       BELLE
           General Patterson?

                       DAVID CARTER
           He came into Martinsburg a week ago.

                          BELLE
           Where is he?

                       DAVID CARTER
           The Martinsburg hotel.

                       BELLE
           I'm going home, Mister Meaders.

A determined Belle picks up the bassinet and heads for the
door.

EXT.   STREET - SAME DAY LATER

Belle, dressed in her Confederate uniform, is walking with a
purposeful stride down the street.

Townspeople and Union soldiers stare and gawk at the sight
of Belle in her uniform. The crowd follows Belle to the
hotel.

INT.   HOTEL LOBBY - MOMENTS LATER

A DUTY CORPORAL

                       BELLE
           I want to see General Patterson right
           now!
                                                        106.

The duty corporeal is dumbfounded at the sight of Belle in
her uniform.

                      DUTY CORPORAL
          Who is calling?

                      BELLE
          You tell him that Captain Belle Boyd
          demands to see him now!

                      DUTY CORPORAL
          Yes, sir. I mean, yes
          ma'am...Captain.

Duty Corporal walks toward an office door and enters.

General Patterson enters the lobby and is dumbfounded at the
sight of Belle in her uniform.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          Good God! What are you doing?    What
          are you wearing?

                      BELLE
          I am complying with your button order.
          Take them if you want them.

Belle sticks out her chest.

                      BELLE (CONT'D)
          Go on, take them off.

Patterson raises his hands and backs up.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          I'm not touching your buttons, or
          anything else. Please leave.

                      BELLE
          I'm not leaving until you remove my
          buttons or rescind the order. How
          dare you humiliate those soldiers!

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          It's a Federal Order signed by
          President Johnson. The Confederate
          insignia is not to be displayed in
          any manner.

                      BELLE
          Lincoln would never have done this!

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          But he's dead and Andrew Johnson is
          President.
                                                   107.

                      BELLE
          Do you mean to tell me that you have
          no authority in your own military
          jurisdiction?

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          It's not for me to rescind.

                      BELLE
          Very well. I will remove my coat
          buttons. But know this, I am not
          wearing an undergarment above my
          waist.

Belle twists off a coat button.

                        BELLE (CONT'D)
          That's one.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          Don't do that!

Belle twists off a second coat button.

                        BELLE
          That's two.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON
          Please don't do that. There's nothing
          I can do.

Belle twists off a third coat button.

                      BELLE
          That's three.

                     GENERAL PATTERSON
          Stop! All right! The order is
          rescinded. Now please leave.

                      BELLE
          One more thing. The United States
          Army will pay for replacing all
          confiscated buttons as well as the
          cost of having the buttons sewn on.

                        GENERAL PATTERSON
          But...

Belle puts her hand on a coat button.

                      GENERAL PATTERSON (CONT'D)
          All right, I agree.

Belle leaves the lobby.
                                                          108.

EXT.   HOTEL - MOMENTS LATER

Belle addresses the crowd standing in front of the hotel.

                       BELLE
           General Patterson has rescinded the
           order of removal of Confederate
           insignia buttons. Please tell all
           Confederate veterans who have need
           buttons to go to Boyd's Emporium for
           new ones. The buttons and the sewing
           will be paid for by General Patterson.

The crowd begins to cheer as Belle walks up the street.

General Patterson and the Duty Corporal step out to the front
of the hotel and watch as Belle triumphantly walks up the
street.

                       DUTY CORPORAL
           Who is that, sir?

                       GENERAL PATTERSON
           That's Belle Boyd, Siren of the
           Shenandoah.

SUPER:   "FIVE YEARS LATER"

EXT.   WOODS - EARLY AFTERNOON

Belle and five-year-old GRACE are picnicking in the woods.

Grace opens a picnic basket and removes a yellow bandanna
with three Confederate insignia buttons sewn on.

                       GRACE
           Tell me again about the three buttons,
           Mommy.

Belle takes the yellow bandanna and points to the buttons.

                       BELLE
           This button is for Stonewall Jackson,
           who was a soldier. This button is
           for your granddaddy, who was a
           soldier. And this button is for
           your daddy, who also was a soldier.

                       GRACE
           Were you a soldier, mommy?

Belle looks at Grace and smiles.

                              THE END
109.

								
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