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Later, Major Peasy (Donald Sutherland) learns that the boys have escaped. He asks Ben about it, who admitted to seeing them untied. Peasy softly chastises the boy for his silence, but does nothing more. He then seeks out some Iroquois Indians and offers them a bounty to bring back the boys or kill them. Several chase scenes lead to the Indians coming upon the boys and being jumped by Tom (Al Pacino) who is hiding nearby. He kills the first then struggles with the second before gutting him with his knife.
Just when they think all is clear, they see three Indians across the field. One puts them in his gun sight, while the others approach them. The Indians spy the dead Indians and declare that they are Huron Indians, while the dead Indians are Iroquois. They decide that an enemy of their enemy is their friend and Tom and the eldest Indian shake hands.
Ned is carried to an Indian camp where the Indians treat his bloody feet with medicines, then sear the wounds with a hot knife. Tom does everything he can to lessen his son's agony. They talk of Ned's dead mother and their dream of building a farm in the country. He also says they won't run anymore.
It is several months later at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78. Daisy and her servant Cuffy (Cheryl Miller) are riding up to the camp with a wagon loaded with supplies. As the supplies are unloaded and sick men are loaded to be taken to a nearby hospital, an older Ned (now Dexter Fletcher) sees Daisy (Nastassia Kinski) and tells her that he and his father are here. Daisy is happy to find out that they are both well. Ned leads Daisy to their camp. Then a young girl introduces herself to Ned as the daughter of artilleryman Israel Davis.
Tom is happy to see her. He leads her inside the tent, which is in Indian fashion. He tells her that they now serve with the Indians as scouts for Washington's army. He gives her a fur coat to warm her and then serves her some pumpkin soup, which she delights in. He notices she has a captain's coat and she tells him that she has now learned to sail, so she can go with him anywhere. The Indian who had been in the tent now gets up and leaves. She says she has been helping the sympathizers by smuggling supplies.
Tom and Daisy's moment alone is interrupted by an officer telling her that the wagons are loaded. Tom follows her down the road and asks her if that captain that gave her the coat is her fiance. She answers that she will marry only him. He asks where to find her and she says that she's staying in Philadelphia. He stops and happily watches her ride away until a British patrol comes out and chases the wagons. Daisy attempts to ride back to Valley Forge, but the British horsemen catch her and one strikes her across the face with his sword knocking her into the back of the wagon.
No time is given, so I assume it is now Spring 1778 and the army is leaving its winter quarters at Valley Forge. As the ranks of the Continental Army march by on the road, we see the conclusion of the marriage ceremony of Ned and Israel Davis' daughter under a nearby tree. As the men run to join in the ranks, another couple that had been waiting steps up to the preacher to be wed.
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