Show Notes


Roland Emmerich and Mel Gibson and historical rigor (or lack thereof).

Period technologies

Rocking chairs! Pushing the edge of period chair technology. Actually a relatively new thing, so you could see why Mel might have been having some trouble. Smooth-bore firearms and the eventual transition to Longrifles. Militias vs armies and the frequency of rifled weapons between them. Reload times. Minié balls, loading speed, and rifle accuracy.

Banistre Tarleton

Maybe the name was too deliciously posh and British? So they changed it to William Tavington. Maybe kind of a jerk, but clearly not the caricature we see in the film. Blowing your inheritence on women and gambling vs buying hundreds of horses. Buying your military commissions whether you deserve it or not.


Should we even try to approach the legitimacy of the “hero?” Humans: always flawed through some lens and operating within their time and experience.


Militias vs armies. The problem in modern armies of humans not really wanting to kill other humans.

War crimes

Ungentlemanly conduct. Continental congress early investigations for propaganda. Zero documented mass-slaughter church-burnings.


Do not be misled: it was happening during this period. Especially in South Carolina. Promises (lies) of post-war freedom. Numbers on the British and Patriot sides.


  • firearms, 
  • heroism, 
  • history, 
  • mel gibson, 
  • american revolution, 
  • technology, 
  • war crimes