Monday, June 11, 2007

Scene 10: 1865 –- Fallen Flowers

Scene 10: 1865 – Fallen Flowers

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potlight on Narrator on apron. Curtain remains closed.]

Narrator
In February 1865, a Federal patrol caught John Chilton, brother of the noted Alexander Chilton, and took him to the home of Mrs. Caroline Kile on Brushy Creek where they kept him overnight. They permitted him to go into the house and see his family. When he came out, he realized their intention to kill him. He made a dash for liberty and ran upgrade through a lane about a hundred yards when they shot and killed him. His wife and four children looked on while the scene was being enacted.

During the following days, the Federal raiders continued killing: Nelson Chilton, young Joshua Chilton, Louisa’s husband Benjamin Sinclair; Mary Eliza’s husband Joe Butler; Polly’s sons Thomas, George and Charles; and many other Current and Jacks Fork river family members died. Whether citizens of Southern or Northern sympathies, the Governor's orders to bring civil obedience to the border Counties prevailed, "starve 'em out, burn 'em out, or shoot 'em." The Federal raiders were recruited from both former Rebel and former Federal soldiers in the new Enrolled Missouri Militia who now answered to no Federal Command nor rules of engagement.

[Open curtains. Bodies are lying horizontally across CS. The women in the cast stand and kneel, etc. behind bodies.]

Ballad: “FALLEN FLOWERS” by Nelson Chilton & Aunt Betsy Chilton
and other mothers and wives..

(Ballet re-enactment; unidentified bodies of other men on ground.)

There on a misty morning, the sun slowly rise
After the Raids in Courtuois Hills (pronounced court-a-way)
There lies her youngest son, tears in his eyes
Wounded and dying she hears him still.

Ma, if I could live my life again
If I could call the world my friend
If I could write the stories end, I would,
I would give all these things in vain
To feel you hold me once again.

A smile comes to his face
An uneasy calm
In front of him, his life flashes by
Amidst his boyish charms
He feels his mother’s arms
In that painless moment, he hears her cry

Son, If I could roll back the years
If I could see through these tears
If I could face all of my fears (I would)
I would give everything in vain
Just to hold you once again.

Remember me forever
I’ll be here forever
Please forget me never
I’ll be here forever

If I could roll back the years
If I could see through these tears
If I could face all my fears
And, If I could live my life again
If I could call the world my friend
If I could write the stories end
I would
I’d live a thousand years of pain
Just to hold you once again.

[Lights down. Exit actors.]

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