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The Patriot Film Fact or Fiction: Battles

Four major battles depicted or alluded to in The Patriot:
1. Charleston - the battle is not shown, but the results serve as a time transition in the movie.

2. Camden - the battle that Gabriel and Benjamin observe after they have both left to join the war effort.

3. Unnamed - the climactic battle.

4. Yorktown - the battle barely shown during Mel Gibson's closing narration.

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Five actual battles are the basis for the battles in The Patriot:
These four battles were actually based on five real battles:
1. The British possession of Charleston resulted from the Siege of Charleston.

2. Camden was based on the real Battle of Camden.

3. The Unnamed battle was based on elements from both the Battle of Cowpens and the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.

4. Yorktown, which is barely shown, is based on the real Battle of Yorktown.

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