In The Patriot, what all happened at Fort Wilderness? I know there was a battle, but who was fighting and what was the end result? Was Colonel Tavington involved in this battle?

Also, is Colonel Tavington in the movie supposed to represent someone in real life?

  • Maybe it would be better to separate out the last question as it seems unrelated to the other question. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 12 '14 at 11:41

To me this always has been part of the story to show that there's no real good or bad side and pretty much everyone could have a skeleton in their closet. We see the story from the perspective of the settlers, but that doesn't make them the only good people (and the British the only bad ones).

In the movie (at least the higher ranks of) British soldiers are typically depicted as egoistic and (some of them) as cold-blooded murderers. Benjamin on the other side is just a loving father who joins the battle seeking revenge and to end the whole thing.

Except he's not, and he probably did similar things in the past, which is hinted at by the whole Fort Wilderness storytelling (as far as it happens). He just doesn't want to remember or talk about it, because he's now fighting people that are quite like the person he (most likely) has been in the past.

From what I know, there were conflicts between settlers (British and French) as well as native americans. However, the whole event (as well as the movie's main plot) are made up and only loosely inspired by actual events.

A quick google lead me to this article explaining several facts (and fictions) surrounding the whole Fort Wilderness plot. In short: Some things like that happened, but the actual location names are made up. In these conflicts the British settlers (so Benjamin most likely as well) were those burning down houses, murdering families, etc.

  • In fact the whole Fort Wilderness event (even if made up) was part of the French and Indian War 15-20 years ago (which posed British and French against each other, along with their native American allies), which might be worth mentioning as the OP might not be aware of that at all. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 12 '14 at 11:50
  • thanks for your answer, I had actually managed to stumble across that same article and found it pretty informative. – user8028 Feb 13 '14 at 17:42

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