Dramatization: Abraham Lincoln intercedes to prevent Colonel Cameron's hanging in the United States.
United States USA Date:1916 Duration:7 min 10 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Excerpt from fictional silent film "The Birth of a Nation" shows Colonel Ben Cameron's mother appealing for mercy. Cameron's mother in a hospital. A guard in the hospital stops her. Wounded Colonel Ben lying on a bed. Northern nurse Elise stands near his bed. Other patients in the background. Ben's mother takes permission from the guard to meet her son. Elise holds hands of the Colonel and he tries to say something. The Colonel's mother walks in and looks at her son. She speaks to her. Elise stands near his bed. An army surgeon says that the Colonel will be hanged as a guerrilla. Elise and Colonel's mother are shocked to hear this. The surgeon walks away. The mother cries putting her head on the chest of the Colonel and holding hands of Elise. She says that they will ask for mercy. Elise leaves. The mother is tensed. She cries holding hands of another nurse. Officials and dignitaries in a hall. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln seated in a chair. Ben's mother and Elise in the hall. They both approach Abraham Lincoln and he shakes hands. They appeal to Lincoln regarding the hanging of Colonel Ben. A close up of Elise. The mother speaks to Lincoln. Ben on his bed in the hospital. Ben's mother begs for mercy and cries. Lincoln consoles her. Elise stands and prays. Lincoln looks at some documents on a table. He wears spectacles and writes on a paper. Elise becomes happy. The President gives the paper to Ben's mother. Elise and the mother hug each other. An officer seated in a chair. They both leave the hall. A man comes to Lincoln. Ben in the hospital. Elise and the mother come and tell the Colonel that he will not be hanged. The mother holds the paper of mercy in her hand and shows it to Ben. Ben recovers at the hospital. The mother hugs Elise. Elise speaks to the guard and leaves. Ben talks to Elise and feels shy. She tries to go away and the Colonel pulls her back. The mother is back in her home and meets her husband and daughter
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