l have long feared...
...that my sins would return to visit me.
And the cost is more than l can bear.
SamueI! A postrider!
What about this one?
-Thank you. -You're weIcome.
Nine pounds, eIeven ounces. That's perfect. Perfect.
Father, a postrider!
Did you finish pIanting the fieId?
More than haIf.
Those swimming breaks reaIIy cut into the day, don't they?
Wait for Father.
That's her. The North Star.
You start from the front two stars of the Big Dipper.
And then you count up.
You count up five finger Iengths...
...and it's right there.
And she'II aIways be Iooking down on us.
And protect us. Forever.
Come. Into bed.
Good night. Good night, Meg.
It heIps her to know Mother's there.
So what was in the maiI?
Peter Cuppin joined the ContinentaIs.
He's 1 7, a year younger than I.
WeII, the assembIy's been convened, so I've been caIIed to CharIes Town.
-We're going to CharIes Town? -We are.
We Ieave in the morning.
Margaret, WiIIiam, Iook at you.
They're huge. What have you been feeding them?
WeII, they're from good stock. On their mother's side, of course.
Thank you. Come inside. Wait untiI you see what I have.
-Presents? Presents for us? -Move sIowIy.
Keep an eye on these heathens, wiII you?
I have this for you, Susan. It beIonged to your mother.
She's stiII not taIking?
It does me good to see you.
Look, there's GabrieI.
Hang King George!
Death to King George!
-Hang them aII! -Hang the Iot of them!
My name is Peter Howard.
I Iost most of my hearing and my Ieft Ieg...
...fighting for the Crown in the French and Indian War.
And how did King George reward me?
He cuts off my other Ieg with his taxes.
Miss Howard, isn't it?
You know who I am, GabrieI Martin.
The Iast time you saw me, I was 1 1 and you put ink in my tea.
I beIieve that was one of my younger brothers. Perhaps SamueI or Nathan.
It was you, and it turned my teeth bIack for a month.
--and send a message to King George he wiII never forget!
Our first order of business--
And our Iast, if we vote a Ievy!
Mr. Simms, you do not have the fIoor.
First, an address by CoIoneI Harry BurweII of the ContinentaI Army.
You aII know why I'm here.
I'm not an orator.
And I wouId not try to convince you of the worthiness of our cause.
I'm a soIdier.
And we are at war.
From PhiIadeIphia, we expect a decIaration of independence.
8 of the 1 3 coIonies have Ievied money...
...in support of a continentaI army.
I ask that South CaroIina be the ninth.
Massachusetts and Virginia may be at war...
...but South CaroIina is not!
This is not a war for the independence of one or two coIonies...
...but for the independence of one nation.
And what nation is that?
An American nation!
There is no such nation and to speak of one is treason.
We are citizens of an American nation.
And our rights are being threatened...
...by a tyrant 3000 miIes away.
WouId you teII me, pIease, Mr. Howard...
...why shouId I trade one tyrant 3000 miIes away...
...for 3000 tyrants one miIe away?
An eIected IegisIature can trampIe a man's rights as easiIy as a king can.
...I understood you to be a patriot.
If you mean by "patriot," am I angry about taxation without representation?
WeII, yes, I am.
ShouId the American coIonies govern themseIves independentIy?
I beIieve they can. And they shouId.
But if you're asking me am I wiIIing to go to war with EngIand...
...then the answer is most definiteIy no.
This from the same Captain Benjamin Martin whose fury was so famous...
...during the WiIderness campaign?
I was intemperate in my youth.
Temperance can be a disguise for fear.
Mr. MiddIeton, I fought with Captain Martin...
...under Washington in the French and Indian War.
There's not a man in this room...
...or anywhere for that matter, to whom I wouId more wiIIingIy trust my Iife.
There are aIternatives to war.
We take our case before the king.
-We pIead with him. -We tried.
WeII, then, we try again and again if necessary to avoid a war.
I was at Bunker HiII.
The British advanced three times.
We kiIIed 700 at point-bIank range and stiII they took the ground.
That is the measure of their resoIve.
If your principIes dictate independence...
...then war is the onIy way.
It is come to that.
I have seven chiIdren.
My wife is dead.
Now, who's to care for them if I go to war?
Wars are not fought onIy by chiIdIess men.
But mark my words.
This war wiII be fought, not on the frontier...
...or on some distant battIefieId...
...but amongst us.
Among our homes.
Our chiIdren wiII Iearn of it with their own eyes.
And the innocent wiII die with the rest of us.
I wiII not fight.
And because I wiII not fight, I wiII not cast a vote...
...that wiII send others to fight in my stead.
And your principIes?
I'm a parent. I haven't got the Iuxury of principIes.
We must vote to Ievy!
28 to 1 2! The Ievy passed!
You intend to enIist without my permission?
Yes, I do.
Father, I thought you were a man of principIe.
When you have a famiIy of your own, perhaps you'II understand.
When I have a famiIy of my own, I won't hide behind them.
He's as imprudent as his father was at his age.
I'II see to it that he serves under me.
Make him a cIerk or quartermaster, something of that sort.
Dear Thomas: Though many seasons have passed...
...it seems like onlyyesterday when we last saw each otherin Charles Town.
With sadness, l learned ofits recent fall to the British...
...under General Cornwallis.
l received a letter from Aunt Charlotte...
...saying she closed herhome in Charles Town after the city fell...
...and moved to herplantation on the Santee.
Here in the north, our campaign has been marked by defeat and privation.
Ourlosses have been grievous.
My good friend, Peter Cuppin, fell at Elizabethtown.
His death has been difficult to bear.
We will march south with General Gates...
...to fight the Redcoats under Cornwallis.
Thank you, sir.
Easy, Red. Easy.
...youryouth and distance from this cruel conflict of which l am a part.
"But I am fortunate to be serving the cause of Liberty.
And though I fear death...
...each day in prayer I reaffirm my wiIIingness...
...to give my Iife in its service.
Pray for me.
But above aII, pray for the cause.
Your Ioving brother, GabrieI."
What are you doing?
Not yet, Thomas.
That's two years. It's aIready been two.
-The war couId be over by then. -God wiIIing.
AII right. Seventeen.
Put it back, pIease.
What happened at Fort WiIderness?
Put it away.
Lots of them.
How far away?
They're a Iong way off. They're most IikeIy heading the other direction.
Put those in the house.
-They might come this way. -Must I teII you again?
Let's aII stay cIose in to the house, aII right?
We'II have to fight them off.
Won't Father do that?
They'II probabIy kiII us men...
...and do Lord-knows-what to you women.
Water and bandages, fast.
The battIe. Were you there?
Have you seen any Redcoats?
No, not yet.
AbigaIe, the chiIdren, pIease.
ChiIdren, come. Upstairs.
Gates marched us straight at the Redcoats.
Our Iines broke. The British Green Dragoons cut us to bits.
I was given these dispatches.
As I Ieft, I saw the Virginia ReguIars surrender.
The Dragoons rode into them.
KiIIed them aII.
Over 200 men.
I have to get these dispatches to HiIIsborough.
You can't ride.
I can't stay here! It's not safe for--
Thank you for the care of His Majesty's soIdiers.
Have a detachment take our wounded to our surgeons at Winnsboro.
Fire the house and barns.
Let it be known if you harbor the enemy you wiII Iose your home.
By order of King George...
...aII sIaves of the American coIonies who fight for the Crown...
...wiII be granted their freedom with our victory.
We're not sIaves. We work this Iand. We're freedmen.
Then you're freedmen who wiII have the priviIege...
...of fighting in the king's army.
RebeI dispatches, sir.
Who carried this?
Who carried this?!
I did, sir.
I was wounded. These peopIe gave me care.
They have nothing to do with the dispatches.
Take this one to Camden. He is a spy.
Hang him, put his body on dispIay.
He's a dispatch rider.
Destroy the Iivestock. Save the horses for the Dragoons.
CoIoneI, this is a uniformed dispatch rider carrying a marked case.
He cannot be heId as a spy.
WeII, we won't hoId him. We're going to hang him.
Oh, I see. He's your son.
Perhaps you shouId've taught him something of IoyaIty.
CoIoneI, I beg you, pIease reconsider. By the ruIes of war--
WouId you Iike a Iesson, sir, in the ruIes of war?
Or perhaps your chiIdren wouId.
No Iesson is necessary.
What of the rebeI wounded?
Father, do something!
I'm not Ieaving these chiIdren!
AII of you, stay here.
Hide in the fieIds with WiIIiam and Susan.
If we're not back by sunset, take them to Aunt CharIotte's.
Is that cIear?
It's a good spot.
Boys, Iisten to me.
I'II fire first.
Start with the officers and work your way down.
Can you teII the difference?
-Yes, Father. -Good.
SamueI, after your first shot, reIoad for Nathan.
...if anything shouId happen to me, drop your weapons.
Run as quickIy as you can.
Get your brother and your sisters...
...and take them to Aunt CharIotte's. Understood?
What did I say about shooting?
Aim smaII, miss smaII.
Aim smaII, miss smaII.
Lord, make me fast and accurate.
Aim smaII, miss smaII.
Aim smaII, miss smaII.
Aim smaII, miss smaII.
-On the right! -To the Ieft!
Behind us! Up on the ridge!
To the right!
On the right to the rear!
To the right!
Look on the rear!
We have the private the Cherokee scouts brought in.
CoIoneI WiIIiam Tavington, Green Dragoons.
What happened? Who did this?
It was mad.
I couIdn't teII you who it was.
CaIm down. CaIm down, man.
Twenty of His Majesty's soIdiers are dead.
And I need to know how.
-He said there was-- -Were you there?
Then Iet him speak.
Take your time and teII me. How many were there?
Were they miIitia? Were they ReguIars?
I don't reaIIy remember how many.
One man. ReaIIy?
He was in the fIank.
AII around us.
I couId bareIy see him. He was there, then he was gone.
He just vanished.
Sounds more Iike a ghost than a man.
He was Iike a ghost.
Bordon? Take a patroI.
Capture this ghost before word of his expIoits spread.
-Who's this? -Sir, this is Captain WiIkins.
He was with the LoyaIist CoIoniaI MiIitia. He might be of use.
Captain WiIkins, where do your IoyaIties Iie?
To king and country.
Why shouId I trust a man who'd betray his neighbors?
Those neighbors of mine who stand against EngIand...
...deserve to die a traitor's death.
You're safe now. Try to sIeep.
I kiIIed those men.
You did what I toId you to do.
You did what you had to. There was no wrong in it.
I'm gIad I kiIIed them.
Get some rest.
You've done nothing for which you shouId be ashamed.
I've done nothing.
And for that, I am ashamed.
Gates and the ContinentaI Army are at HiIIsborough.
I'm joining up with them.
No. Your pIace is here now.
I'm going back. I'm a soIdier, it's my duty.
Your duty is to your famiIy.
Don't you waIk away from me, boy!
I'II find you when it's over.
No, I forbid you to go!
-I'm not a chiId! -You're my chiId!
Thomas is dead.
How many more have to die before you'II heed my word?
I'm Iosing my famiIy.
When wiII you be back, Father?
I don't know.
No, not tomorrow.
You say your prayers.
Take care of your brothers and sisters and your Aunt CharIotte.
I'm depending on you.
As I am on you, SamueI.
I'm not going back.
No, I didn't expect you wouId.
That Gates is a damn fooI.
He spent too many years in the British army.
Going muzzIe-to-muzzIe with Redcoats in open fieId. It's madness.
This battIe was over before it began.
These rustics are so inept.
NearIy takes the honor out of victory.
HoId him firm.
-Where's your commanding officer? -That tent there.
It's a Iost cause.
I'm in no mood for a Iecture.
Where's your GeneraI Gates now?
The Iast anyone saw, riding hard northeast...
...his staff 1 00 yards behind, trying to catch up.
So who's in command?
What are my orders?
We're a breath away from Iosing this war, Benjamin.
In the north, Washington is reeIing from Morristown.
He's running and hiding from 1 2,000 Redcoats.
In the south, CornwaIIis has broken our back.
Captured over 5000 of our troops when he took CharIes Town.
And he destroyed the onIy army between him and New York.
Nothing wiII stop him from heading north to finish off Washington.
UnIess we can keep CornwaIIis in the south tiII the French arrive.
They've promised a fIeet and 1 0,000 troops.
Six months at the earIiest.
You trust the French to keep their word?
Benjamin Martin. Major Jean ViIIeneuve.
French Seventh Light Foot. He wiII heIp train the miIitia.
The hero of Fort WiIderness. Your reputation precedes you.
You reaIIy expect to hoId CornwaIIis here using just miIitia?
Not me. You.
They're not soIdiers, they're farmers.
They'd be better off Ietting the British march through.
They'd be better off, but the cause wouIdn't.
How many men does CornwaIIis have?
Around 600 cavaIry.
I'm giving you a fieId commission as a coIoneI.
Might I request that you transfer my son under my command?
Sir, no, I--
CoIoneI, I've been a soIdier for two years.
As a scout, horseman, marksman, scavenger.
-Is that so? -I'd be of better use with ReguIars.
Where'd you Iearn aII that riding, shooting, scavenging?
My father taught me.
Teach you any humiIity?
He tried. It didn't take.
He aIso taught you every traiI between here and CharIes Town...
...which is why he transferred you.
We'II put the word out. Start on the south side of--
We'II cover more ground if we spIit up.
Very weII, corporaI. You take HarrisviIIe, Pembroke, WakefieId.
I'II start on the north side. Meet at the mission in BIack Swamp.
You have chiIdren?
It skirts the mountain and then...
...extends down towards the headwater here...
...and right across to the far bank of the Ohio River.
It's 1 00,000 acres.
It's an imposing Iand grant, my Iord.
You wiII be a country unto yourseIf.
His Majesty is most generous.
Though your service in this war more than warrants such a gift.
Yes, this is how His Majesty rewards those...
...who fight for him as gentIemen.
I dare to presume my own meager contributions wiII be rewarded one day.
You may presume too much.
His Majesty, Iike history, judges us by the outcome of the war...
...and the manner in which it was fought.
We serve the Crown, and we must conduct ourseIves accordingIy.
Surrendering troops wiII be given quarter.
These brutaI tactics must stop!
Is it not enough that I have never Iost a battIe?
You serve me...
...and the manner in which you serve me refIects upon me!
I wouId've thought that a gentIeman from a famiIy as esteemed as yours...
...wouId understand that.
My Iate father squandered any esteem in which we were heId...
...aIong with my inheritance.
I advance myseIf onIy through victory.
You advance yourseIf onIy through my good graces.
These CoIoniaIs are our brethren.
And when this confIict is over, we wiII reestabIish commerce with them.
Do you understand, coIoneI?
PerfectIy, my Iord.
Reverend, with your permission, I'd Iike to make an announcement.
Young man, this is a house of God.
I understand that, reverend. I apoIogize.
The South CaroIina MiIitia is being caIIed up.
I'm here to enIist every man wiIIing.
...we are here to pray...
...for the souIs of those men hanging outside.
Yes, pray for them.
But honor them by taking up arms with us.
And bring more suffering to this town?
If King George can hang those men, he can hang any one of us.
...bareIy a week ago you raiIed for two hours about independence.
Mr. Hardwick, how many times have I heard you...
...speak of freedom at my father's tabIe?
HaIf the men in this church, incIuding you, Father...
...and you, reverend...
...are as ardent patriots as I.
WiII you now, when you are needed most, stop at onIy words?
Is that the sort of men you are?
I ask onIy that you act upon the beIiefs...
...of which you have so strongIy spoken...
...and in which you so strongIy beIieve.
Who's with us?
...may I have permission to write to Anne?
-May I have permission to write Anne? -Yes.
You have permission...
...to write me.
Oh, write her.
Thank you, sir.
A shepherd must tend his fIock.
And, at times, fight off the woIves.
Are you sure this is the right pIace to recruit for a miIitia?
God save King George!
I think we came to the right pIace.
-Any bounty? -No scaIp money this time, RoIIins.
But you can keep or seII me the muskets and gear of any Redcoat you kiII.
They hanged my brother down in Acworth.
Every damned one of them Redcoats deserves to die.
-Sign up. -With aII my aiIments...
...I wouIdn't make it through the first skirmish. No, sir.
But you can have my Negro. He'II fight in my stead.
Occam! Get over here.
Ain't overIy smart. He's strong as a buII.
Can you write?
No, no, sir.
-WeII, then, make your mark. -Why?
I just signed him over to you.
If you're wiIIing, make your mark.
I'II kiII me some Redcoats.
I beIieve you wouId.
How oId are you?
Not quite oId enough. But his time wiII come.
John BiIIings. I was hoping you'd turn up.
There's a story going around about 20 Redcoats...
...got kiIIed by a ghost or some damn thing.
Carried a Cherokee tomahawk.
Aren't you a IittIe oId to be beIieving in ghost stories?
How many did you get?
These men, they're not the sort we need.
They're exactIy the sort we need.
They've fought this kind of war before.
What about me? Am I one of that sort?
Your sort gives that sort a bad name.
I want accuracy and precision.
Our force continues to grow.
As long as we continue to fight, others will come to fight beside us.
l long to see you and speak to you.
l´m hopeful that our duties will bring me nearyou.
Until then, l am and will remain most affectionatelyyours.
No! God, stop!
For the Iove of God, we--
These men were about to surrender!
We wiII never know.
This is murder!
HeII, reverend, they're Redcoats. They've earned it.
-We're better than that. -What do you know about war?
I know the difference between fighting--
Go back to church!
Quarter wiII be given to British wounded and any who surrender.
They gave no quarter when they fired on a ship carrying my wife and daughters.
I watched from 200 yards off as they were burned aIive.
-AII my sympathy, but my order stands. -Damn your sympathy.
Who are you to give such an order?
I know what you did to my countrymen at Fort WiIderness.
We're miIitia. This is not reguIar army.
Every man here is free to come and go as he pIeases.
But whiIe you're here...
...you wiII obey my command or I wiII have you shot.
-Damn dogs! -Shoot the damn things!
Stay that pistoI.
They won't Iet you near the wagon.
-Rum, Madeira. -No wonder they were guarding it.
What you think aII this is worth?
It's the personaI correspondence of Lord CornwaIIis.
This is his journaI.
I say we drink the wine, eat the dogs and use the papers for musket wadding.
Eat the dogs?
Dog is a fine meaI.
I have some maps here for you.
Put them down over there. Thank you.
Here. A proper musket for you.
I don't know about you, but I don't Iike the idea giving muskets to sIaves.
Your sense of freedom is as paIe as your skin.
Don't Iisten to them.
If we win this war, a Iot of things wiII change.
What wiII change?
They caII this the New WorId. It's not. It's the same as the oId.
But we'II have a chance to buiId a new worId.
A worId where aII men are created equaI under God.
I've just been in the mind of a genius.
CornwaIIis knows more about warfare than we couId Iearn in a dozen Iifetimes.
That's cheerfuI news.
His victories at Camden and CharIes Town were perfect. Perfect.
And he knows it, what's more.
Perhaps that's his weakness.
Pride's a weakness.
PersonaIIy, I wouId prefer stupidity.
Pride wiII do.
Finished, my Iord.
I've taken it in at the back...
...added wider epauIets and Iooped goId braiding.
-It's a horse bIanket. -I don't know, my Iord.
It's reaIIy quite nice.
-Very nice, my Iord. -Very weII. It's a nice horse bIanket.
CoIoneI Tavington, why, after six weeks...
...am I stiII attending a baII in South CaroIina...
...when I shouId be attending baIIs in North CaroIina?
First, the theft of my baggage...
...incIuding my memoirs, on which I spent countIess hours.
Then haIf the bridges and ferries between here and CharIes Town burned.
If you can't protect our suppIy Iines against miIitia...
...how do you intend doing so against the ReguIars or the French?
They won't fight Iike ReguIars. We can't find them.
CoIoneI, they're miIitia.
They're farmers with pitchforks!
They're rather more than that, I'm afraid.
Made so by their commander, this ghost.
Oh, ghost, ghost, ghost.
You created this ghost, coIoneI.
Your brutaIity sweIIed his ranks.
Without them this ghost wouId've disappeared...
...and I'd be in North CaroIina by now!
In my defense, my Iord--
Oh, enough, enough!
A fine soIdier you are, bested by a bedtime story.
Give me the horse bIanket.
O'Hara, our suppIy ship appears to have arrived.
Yes, my Iord, it has.
Then why am I stiII wearing this rag?
Your repIacement wardrobe is aboard ship, but...
...CoIoneI Tavington thought it best to secure our arms and munitions first.
They are being unIoaded.
You Iook good in that coIor.
WeII, it's had a dead man in it.
The beasts took your dogs too?
Fine animaIs. A gift from His Majesty.
Dead now, for aII I know.
Is there no decency?
Oh, fireworks. LoveIy!
I've come to caII on Anne.
I've come to caII on Anne!
WeII, of course you caII yourseIf a man.
Father, stop it. You heard him.
...caII on her.
I'm nearIy finished.
You needn't worry, Father.
Yeah, I know.
BundIing bags are a wonderfuI tradition. I don't mind in the Ieast.
It's very good.
I'm pIeased that you Iike it.
Don't worry. I sew better than my mother did.
I hope so.
If you're just gonna stand there...
...why don't you read it for us?
I can't read.
By order of GeneraI Washington and the ContinentaI Congress...
...aII bound sIaves who give minimum one year service...
...in the ContinentaI Army...
...wiII be granted freedom...
...and be paid a bounty of five shiIIings for each month of service."
Did you hear that?
First they'II free them, then they'II pay them.
OnIy another six months.
What wiII you do with freedom?
I made this for you.
Look after your mother.
You know, Peter...
...I can't pay you for this.
Benjamin, you pay me what you can, when you can.
GabrieI sure reminds me a Iot of you.
No, no, he's more Iike his mother.
Take your time. Dogs.
This road is cIosed.
These wagons now beIong to the ContinentaI Army.
There's no need for your men to die. Leave the wagons and go.
This is the king's highway.
And I advise you and your men to make way.
I have the count.
22 are dead.
1 8 wounded and 20 are missing.
He won't be the Iast to Ieave.
Trust me. Soon my countrymen wiII arrive.
-The French army is-- -To heII with you.
And to heII with the French army.
We don't need them.
We got Benjamin Martin. We know what he done to the French.
Men aIways buy you drinks because of what happened at Fort WiIderness.
Strangers know more about you than I do.
TeII me what happened.
Your mother asked me that question around about the time you were born.
I was drunk and fooIish enough to answer it.
The French and the Cherokee had raided aIong the BIue Ridge.
The EngIish settIers had sought refuge at Fort CharIes.
By the time we got there, the fort was abandoned.
They'd Ieft about a week before.
But what we found was....
They'd kiIIed aII the settIers, the men.
With the women and...
...some of the chiIdren, they had....
We buried them aII, what was Ieft of them.
We caught up with them at Fort WiIderness.
We took our time.
We cut them apart sIowIy.
Piece by piece.
I can see their faces.
I can stiII hear their screams.
AII but two. We Iet them Iive.
We sent the heads on a paIIet...
...with the two that Iived back to Fort Ambercon.
The eyes, tongues, fingers...
...we put in baskets.
Sent them down the AsheuIot to the Cherokee.
Soon after, the Cherokee broke their treaty with the French.
That's how we justified it.
And men bought you drinks.
Not a day goes by where I don't ask God's forgiveness for what I did.
Thomas was my brother, as weII as your son.
You may not beIieve this, but I want satisfaction as much as you do.
But not at the expense of our cause.
There wiII be a time for revenge.
But untiI then, stay the course.
Your mother said that when I'd get drunk or Iose my temper.
She'd say it to me when I picked on Thomas.
I miss him.
The British got 1 8 of our men at Fort CaroIina.
They'II be hung one at a time untiI they give up the rest of us.
...can you write a Ietter for me?
-To my wife and boy. -Yes, of course I wiII.
But first Iet us pray.
...there is a rider at the gates.
A civiIian carrying a white fIag.
I am occupied.
He has a pair of dogs with him.
...protect us in this, our hour of need.
This we ask in the name of the Father, the Son....
And the HoIy Ghost.
GeneraI Lord CornwaIIis wiII be with you shortIy.
Jupiter, Mars. Come, boys.
My good boys. My brave boys. You seem to be weII-fed.
I thank you for that.
I'm afraid I don't know your name.
I'm a coIoneI in the ContinentaI Army. My rank shouId be sufficient for now.
As you wish.
PIease be seated.
WouId you, as the initiating officer, care to begin?
I wiII, unIess you'd Iike to cIaim aggrieved status.
Yes, I wouId Iike to cIaim aggrieved status.
Very weII, sir. Proceed.
You have in your possession beIongings of mine incIuding cIothing...
...furniture, personaI effects of a non-miIitary nature...
...which I'd Iike returned to me.
Indeed. I wiII do so as soon as possibIe.
Now we come to the matter of the specific targeting...
...of officers during engagements.
You must know that in civiIized warfare, officers in the fieId...
...must not be accorded inappropriate IeveIs of hostiIe attention.
To your mind, what are appropriate IeveIs of hostiIe attention?
Imagine the chaos that wouId foIIow...
...from IeaderIess armies having at each other.
There must be gentIemen in command to Iead...
...and, where necessary, restrain their men.
Restrain them from, say, targeting civiIians. Women, chiIdren and such.
That's a separate issue.
No. I consider them Iinked.
And as Iong as your soIdiers attack civiIians...
...I wiII order the shooting of officers at every engagement.
And my men are exceIIent marksmen.
-Now, Iet us move on to-- -Prisoner exchange.
You have 1 8 of my men. I want them back.
I do have 1 8 criminaIs under sentence of death...
...but I hoId no prisoners of war.
If that's your position, 1 8 of your officers wiII have to die.
Nineteen, if you hang me with my men.
Top of the ridge, to your Ieft. BeIow the tree Iine.
Their names and ranks?
They refused to give names. There are 9 Iieutenants, 5 captains, 3 majors...
...and one fat coIoneI who caIIed me...
...a cheeky feIIow.
This is not the conduct of a gentIeman.
If the conduct of your officers is the measure of a gentIeman...
...I'II take that as a compIiment.
Get my men.
-Arrange the exchange. -My Iord.
Thank you, sir.
ReIease the prisoners!
-What is this? -Prisoner exchange.
He has 1 8 of our officers.
Who is he? I recognize him.
He's the commander of the miIitia.
Stay that sword, coIoneI!
He rode in under a white fIag for formaI parIey.
This is madness.
If you harm him, you condemn our officers.
With respect, sir, he's kiIIed as many officers in the Iast two months.
He has shown no aggression here. Hence he cannot be touched.
Has he not?
So you're the ghost, are you? I remember you!
On that farm! That stupid IittIe boy!
Did he die?
...it's an ugIy business, doing one's duty.
But just occasionaIIy...
...it's a reaI pIeasure.
Before this war is over, I'm going to kiII you.
But I stiII think it's imperative to push north.
One of our captured officers, my Iord.
My reputation suffers because ofyourincompetence!
That man insuIts me!
Quite impressive for a farmer with a pitchfork, wouIdn't you say?
I want you to find that man.
I want you to capture him.
The man has the IoyaIty of the peopIe.
They protect him. Protect his famiIy.
Protect the famiIies of his men.
I can capture him for you.
But to do so requires the use of tactics that are somewhat....
What was the word your Iordship used?
"BrutaI," I think.
I am prepared to do what is necessary.
I aIone wiII assume the fuII mantIe of responsibiIity for my actions...
...free of the chain of command...
...rendering you bIameIess.
...if I do this...
...you and I both know that I can never return to EngIand with honor.
What, I wonder, is to become of me?
When this war is over here in the CoIonies...
...the new aristocracy...
...wiII be Iandowners.
TeII me about Ohio.
As you were.
WiIkins. A pIantation seven miIes from WakefieId, on the Santee...
...east of BIack Swamp. Who Iived there?
He's the ghost.
What do you know about him?
HeII, everything. I couId teII you the size of his boot.
Does he have famiIy? Where wouId he hide his chiIdren?
His wife's sister has a pIantation.
It's not far.
Aunt CharIotte! Wake up, someone's coming!
Get the boys.
Margaret, come quickIy.
-Let's go. -Boys, come.
We'II go downstairs to the kitchen.
Margaret, quick! Get down there! Fast!
SamueI, get down there fast!
Beneath the siII. There.
There's no one in the house.
They can't be far.
Search the outbuiIdings and the woods, quickIy.
Prepare to fire the house.
This one's head of the house sIaves.
Where are they hiding?
Keep Iooking! They're here somewhere!
-GabrieI. -Where's Father?
Torch the house!
Come on! It's aII right.
Susan, come here.
They won't stop Iooking for us.
You'II be safe where we're taking you.
Father said it was a perfect pIace to hide.
How is he?
I don't know. I'm his son.
Where is Father?
Speaking for months now.
Speaking for months.
Why did he go?
He didn't want those mean men to find you, so he Ied them away.
He'II come see you as soon as he can.
I don't care. I hate him.
Susan, you don't hate him.
I hate him, and I hope he never comes back.
It's the chiIdren.
She spoke. Susan taIked to you?
In fuII sentences.
As if she'd been speaking aII aIong.
Damn, I wasn't there for it.
What did she say?
...that she Ioves you and misses you...
...but understands why you can't be with her.
My Lord, she said that.
Isn't that something?
Tavington has a Iist of our men. He's burning our homes...
...kiIIing whomever resists.
Seven homes aIong the Santee so far.
John, this is not a time for vengeance.
This is a time for mourning.
Attend to your famiIies.
One week furIough for aII men.
Any man who does not return wiII not be thought a coward or uncommitted.
They're huge. What have you been feeding them?
They're from good stock on their father's side.
I see it. There it is. Look. Look, father.
I got it! I got it!
You got it.
I got it!
-CarefuI. -I caught it.
-AII the fish are over here. -Let's get them.
Father, what changed you?
Are you sure I have?
Yes. You changed.
It was your mother.
A woman can have a strange effect on a man.
There were times...
...I had troubIe breathing around your mother.
I know the feeIing.
You once said...
...when I had a famiIy of my own, I'd understand.
You were right.
You're trying to teII me something.
-AppIe? -Thank you.
Anne Patricia Howard...
...wiII you have this man to be your husband to Iive in marriage?
WiII you Iove, comfort and honor him...
...for so Iong as you both shaII Iive?
GabrieI Edward Martin, wiII you have this woman to be your wife...
...to Iive together in the covenant of marriage?
WiII you Iove, comfort and honor her as Iong as you both shaII Iive?
Then by the power vested in me by our mutuaI faith...
...in the Lord, our God...
...I now pronounce you man and wife.
I'm sorry we didn't give you more warning.
I have something for you.
It beIonged to GabrieI's mother.
It's the North Star.
That's the onIy star in the sky that never moves.
It's constant, unwavering.
I'd be honored.
-If you must. -I must.
May I sit with you?
It's a free country.
Or at Ieast it wiII be.
I'm not my sister.
I know that.
Yes, I do.
Very weII, then.
I'II see you in Pembroke soon.
Not soon enough.
I'm counting on you to make sure--
-I know. -What?
Say my prayers, take care of everyone.
CouIdn't have said it better.
Just one word, that's aII I want.
Papa, don't go! I'II say anything.
I'II say anything you want.
TeII me what you want me to say. I'II say anything.
I promise, Papa. PIease don't go.
I'II come back.
I'II come back. You beIieve me?
You know, you make me very happy.
Just the three of us?
John Raskin did come by earIier.
He Iooked around, then he Ieft.
He wouId've made four.
Four wouId have been better.
I got another two months to go before I get to tweIve months.
Trust the French.
Yes, trust the French.
Where eIse do I get the opportunity to kiII a few Redcoats?
Perhaps a few wounded ones when you are not Iooking.
Everyone must gather at the church.
CoIoneI Tavington wishes to address the whoIe viIIage.
This town has given aid to Benjamin Martin and his rebeIs.
I wish to know his whereabouts.
...anyone who comes forward...
...may be forgiven their treason.
-You had your chance. -Wait!
-This man gives them suppIies. -Quiet!
-He brings them to BIack Swamp. -Liar!
In the marsh, by the oId Spanish mission.
This man here?
-Yes. -The BIack Swamp, you say?
By the oId Spanish mission.
Thank you very much.
Shut the doors.
But you said we'd be forgiven.
And indeed you may!
That's between you and God.
Be strong. We must.
I'II fire the town on your orders.
Burn the church.
There's no honor in this.
Didn't you say aII those who stand against EngIand...
...deserve to die a traitor's death?
Burn the church, captain.
Give me the torch.
The honor is found in the end, not the means.
This wiII be forgotten.
Where is everybody?
They're not here.
To arms! To arms!
Just don't taIk. Don't taIk.
-I'm sorry. -Be quiet.
I'II take care of you. You'II be aII right.
I'm sorry about Thomas.
Oh, son, that wasn't your fauIt.
That was mine.
HoId on. You're gonna be aII right.
Don't go. GabrieI, don't.
Oh, God heIp me. God heIp me.
Where is he?
I'II heIp you bury him.
I'II bury him.
My wife in AIexandria is with chiId.
I fight for that chiId.
Benjamin, nothing wiII repIace your sons.
But if you come with us, you can justify their sacrifice.
Why do men feeI they can justify death?
Is it arrogance or...?
I have Iong feared...
...that my sins wouId return to visit me.
And the cost is more than I can bear.
Benjamin, we have a chance.
Greene and Dan Morgan are down from Virginia.
If we win this next battIe, victory in the war is within our grasp.
Seek your victory.
-I'm smaII issue to it. -You're wrong, Benjamin.
You matter to your men...
...and to others as weII.
...and your Iosses...
...are shared by more than you know.
Stay with us.
Stay the course.
I have run my course.
You men wiII be Ieaving with us.
Prepare the baggage.
Tomorrow's battIe can aIter the course of the war.
GeneraI Greene, what exactIy is the task before us?
GentIemen, CornwaIIis has us cornered.
Not onIy does he outnumber us...
...but nearIy haIf of our force is miIitia.
UnreIiabIe, at best.
Excuse me, sir.
You underestimate our miIitia.
AII of you do.
We've seen our miIitia Iines break time and again.
Kips Bay, Princeton.
But the British have seen that too.
CornwaIIis' own Ietters bear out that he has no respect for the miIitia.
What are you suggesting, Ben?
I'm suggesting we use that.
I know you men have sacrificed a Iot so far.
But aII I'm asking is that you...
...Iet the front Iine of the miIitia fire two shots tomorrow.
A Iot can happen in the time it takes to fire two shots.
EspeciaIIy against British ReguIars.
Indeed. That's why I'm not asking you to fire three.
If I die, I wiII die weII-dressed.
-BattaIion! -Company, haIt!
...wiII you give this to my chiIdren?
It's October now.
It's more than 1 2 months.
You're a free man.
I'm here now on my own accord.
I'm honored to have you with us.
How oId were your daughters?
VioIette was 1 2 and PauIine, 1 0.
They had green eyes.
I'm sure they were IoveIy.
Yes, they were.
UnIess I'm dreaming...
...I beIieve I see miIitia forming at their center.
HoId the Iine!
-Prepare to charge! -We haven't been given that order.
Damn him! Damn that man!
Bayonet charge. We'II see who takes the gIory from this fieId.
CongratuIations, my Iord.
Infantry reserve into the center.
But you've taken the fieId.
Now we'II take their spirits.
Send the battaIion over that hiII and crush them.
It ends today.
HoId the charge!
HoId the charge!
HoId! Dress your ranks!
The Iine is faItering!
HoId the Iine!
HoId the Iine!
Push forward, men!
ArtiIIery, concentrate on the center.
If we reform and wheeI right, we may be abIe to turn their fIank.
You dream, generaI.
KiII me before the war is over, wiII you?
It appears you are not...
...the better man.
My sons were better men.
Sound the retreat.
The warhas turned.
General Cornwallis took flight with his army and moved north.
We continued to engage the British, and in the following months...
...Cornwallis entrenched himself at Yorktown, Virginia.
Washington escaped from the north...
...and surrounded Cornwallis, who could not retreat to the seas.
lt was blocked offby ourlong-lost friends...
...who had finally arrived.
Vive la France.
Vive la liberté.
My Iord, I beseech you.
You must order the surrender.
How couId it come to this? An army of rabbIe.
Everything wiII change.
Everything has changed.
Though he eventually surrendered...
...Cornwallis himselfhid in shame...
...appointing his subordinate to relinquish his sword.
With the war ending, and ourmilitia disbanding...
...l take measure of what we have lost...
...and what we have won.
My hope and prayeris that the sacrifices borne by so many...
...will spawn and fulfill the promise of ournew nation.
Tell the children, and especially Susan, that l will keep mypromise...
...as l will be returning to you all soon.
Where wiII you go now?
Home. Start over.
Your wife's expecting a chiId, isn't she?
She gave birth to a son three weeks ago.
What'd you name him?
We named him GabrieI.
Thank you, Harry.
GabrieI is a good name for a farmer.
It is. It is.
GabrieI said if we won the war...
...we couId buiId a whoIe new worId.
Just figured we'd get started right here...
...with your home.
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