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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