The Little Rebel (1911) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • A detachment of Union soldiers had seized a southern mansion, which they were using as their temporary headquarters. The house was occupied by Mrs. Trevaine and her daughter Rosalind. Both the woman were intensely attached to the cause of the south, and although they were powerless, they fiercely resented the intrusion of the northern detachment. Among the Union officers, was a young lieutenant, and he immediately fell in love with the beautiful southern girl. Of course, Rosalind did not love him, and by every action she showed that she hated the very ground he walked on. It happened one day that the officers were about to go into the sitting room and discuss campaign plans. Rosalind slipped in ahead of them and hid under a table. There she remained and overheard the plans, which it was so important should be kept secret. After the officers had gone away, she came from her hiding place. Just as she did so, the young lieutenant came back and saw her. Duty compelled him to prevent her leaving the house, but Rosalind was desperate with patriotic resolve. She drew a revolver from her dress and shot him. Then she quickly mounted a horse and galloped off to tell the enemy what she had heard of the Union officers' plans. Two soldiers were ordered to pursue her and bring her back, which they did. Then the captain in charge of the detachment questioned her. She refused to tell why she was running away or why she had shot the lieutenant. The captain threatened punishment and was about to deal with her with military severity, when the lieutenant, who loved her, said, "She had a perfect right to shoot me." On hearing this, the other officers turned their backs on the lieutenant and apologized to Rosalind. Thus the lieutenant saved her from punishment and perhaps from death. A short time afterward the officers left the house. But no sign had Rosalind given that she did anything but hate the lieutenant. It was not long before the end of the war. Then the lieutenant made a visit to the house, where he was received in quite a different manner by Rosalind. Absence had made her heart grow fonder. She remembered his noble actions, and eventually became his wife.

    - Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
  • A Civil War spy story in which a girl and the officer she loves find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

    - Written by Anonymous


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