In The Patriot:
The movie character of General Nathanael Greene is based on the real-life Maj. General Nathanael Greene. In his one scene, Greene is portrayed correctly. Greene's sentiments concerning the unreliability of militia were true to life. General Greene has lost confidence in militia since their poor performance in the defense of New York City in 1776.
General Greene's concerns over the militia were reinforced by the way the militia fled the field at the Battle of Camden. When he had assumed command of Continental forces in the South, Greene decided to only use militia as scouts and on small raids.
The filmmakers have admitted that they combined elements of the Battle of Cowpens and the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, so this explains the fudging of details. Unconventional tactics were the keys to Cowpens, while traditional maneuvering on favorable terrain was used by Greene against Cornwallis at Guilford Cornwallis.
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