The Confederates are escaping Atlanta because the Yankees are coming. During this time, Melanie is in the process of giving birth. Incapable of getting anybody outside of the house to help, Scarlett turns to Prissy, who admits she was simply flaunting earlier on; she does not know anything about delivering babies. Scarlett is now left to her instruments.
Melanie survives a horrifying labor and gives birth to a healthy boy. Scarlett is tired and angry with Prissy, who was of no assistance at all, and even drops the infant after Scarlett delivers him. As Scarlett sits on the yard, attempting to recuperate, she sees fighters walking by and is reminded that the Yankees are coming. She sends Prissy in an attempt to find out about the location of Rhett, trusting he can be of help to them.