Script in which the main characters
have real people's names (how Ban is then supposed to have a long
political career after being shot from his horse at Cowpens in that
version, I don't know! And Marion was an old bachelor - he married
late, post-war - not a paterfamilias). Harry started life as
Lee, not the fictional Burwell, and it was suggested that the kid his
wife was expecting was Robert... I suppose it was then pointed out to
Rodat that Robert E. would have been way too old to be doing stuff in
the 1860s had he been born so soon! And that Harry Lee was 2 yrs
younger than Ban Tarleton, not a veteran of the 7 Yrs
1999 Script has Martin cold-bloodedly shooting Will with about 3 bullets, very slowly - in the shoulder, thigh, and chest - making him plead for his life and beg for quarter between times - AFTER Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown...! Yes - the 'hero' is that much of a vengeful psycho!!! I think wisely it was decided that this might be too hard for the audience to acquiesce to... Nor can WE imagine Will begging for mercy. He's more likely (as Nikki suggested) to say something like, "Meet you in Hell!" It did occur to me that this scene might derive from the death of Turnus in the Æneid, but perhaps it's optimistic of me to suspect Mr Rodat of a Classical education...
Ban vs. Will: a comparison
Curious (and brave) readers may be interested in The Patriot: Official Site which includes a video trailer...