In one scene, Tavington herds noncombatant men, women and children into a church, locks the doors, and sets it on fire. At the time of the film's release, some historians noted the similarity between this and the notorious Nazi massacre of French villagers in Oradour-sur-Glane in 1944. It is, however, nothing like anything that happened in the American Revolution. "This will be forgotten," scoffs Tavington. It's a disgraceful attempt to sow the seed of a completely unfounded conspiracy theory, implying that the fact nobody has ever heard of the British army burning a church full of innocents in South Carolina doesn't mean it didn't happen. Well, it didn't. As the American historian Richard F Snow commented: "Of course it never happened – if it had do you think Americans would have forgotten it? It could have kept us out of World War I."