In the battle scene that Benjamin watches through the window, we see a soldier’s head being chopped off by a cannonball. Later, in the final battle, as Benjamin walks by with the flag, we see a soldier dramatically turn his head to watch, and it’s the same decapitated soldier.
There Gabriel marries his fiancé Anne.
Martin was the widowed father of seven children who did what he could to avoid the Revolutionary War, knowing the implications.
Digital history. The popular film The Patriot is loosely based on the exploits of several real-life historical figures, including a British officer, Lt. Col. Banstre Tarleton, and several American Patriots: the “Swamp Fox”, Francis Marion, Daniel Morgan, Elijah Clark, Thomas Sumter and Andrew Pickens.
Colonel William Tavington attacked Ben’s farm to kill the wounded “rebels” and also burned down Ben’s house for siding with the enemy, calling it a treason. Gabriel was captured, and when Thomas tried to save him, he was shot by Tavington. Benjamin while Tavington burned down his farm.
Although it is more historical fiction than historical fact, the film is based in part on true events and people. And when it comes to depicting the combat strategies of both sides in the Revolutionary War, The Patriot demonstrates impressive historical accuracy.
Gabriel was killed by Tavington while avenging the deaths of his wife and brother.
Thomas, however, cannot simply stand by and watch as his brother Gabriel is taken away to be hanged as a spy. He attacks the British soldiers escorting Gabriel and tries to free his brother, but Tavington aims and shoots Thomas in the back. Thomas dies in his father’s arms.
The character of Benjamin Martin is loosely based on real life soldier Francis Marion, also known as The Swamp Fox. The swamp fox taught soldiers guerrilla tactics.
The militia then ride off with the regulars so Benjamin can bury his son. Benjamin then picks up Gabriel’s bag in which he finds an American flag which Gabriel fixes throughout the film. Then he rides towards the soldiers with the flag.
Gabriel Martin is THE patriot. His ideals mirrored those of the young men most patriotic to American sovereignty and freedom. He belongs to the generation too young to remember the French and Indian wars and grew up in a (relatively) stable and civilized colonial atmosphere.
The film illustrates the writer’s principle of freedom. For example, in the film, both sides, British and Continental, offer freedom to slaves who fought in the war after twelve months of service. In the film, not only were slaves granted freedom, but if continentals won, they would also have freedom from the British.
As the film begins in 1776, Samuel is an adventurous 12 year old. In 1778 he was only fourteen when his father ordered him and his older brother Nathan to join him in a raid on the British patrol sent to take Gabriel to Camden to be hanged for espionage.
THE PATRIOT filmed ON LOCATION AT MANSFIELD PLANTATION. May 1999 – Mel Gibson experienced Mansfield Plantation firsthand while filming The Patriot, an action-packed drama about South Carolina’s struggle against the British Redcoats during the Revolutionary War of 1776.
Colonel Banastre Tarleton was sent in November 1780 to capture or kill Marion. After pursuing Marion’s troops twenty-six miles through a swamp, Tarleton reportedly said, “As for that old fox, the devil himself could not catch him. “ Based on this story, Marion’s supporters started calling him “the swamp fox”.
1. The only Fort Wilderness that has existed is at Disney World. 2. Fort Charles is actually in Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica.
In the 2000 film The Patriot, the fictional Colonel William Tavington (played by Jason Isaacs) was based on Tarleton. In the 2006 film Amazing Grace, Tarleton is played by Ciarán Hinds and is portrayed as a leading supporter of the slave trade and main antagonist of William Wilberforce.
Wilkins was later reluctant to burn down Pembroke Church with all the townspeople inside and was eventually forced to give the order. Wilkins was killed possibly shortly afterwards at the Battle of Cowpens.