Israel Putnam, a colonel in the Revolutionary War, had a few pretty amazing stories up his sleeve. "He was shipwrecked in the West Indies and was the only person to survive," Turner says. "He was stranded on a desert island where he survived on boot leather and palm leaves for three months, and then got rescued. He got captured by the Seneca Indians not long after that when he got home, and they tied him to a tree and were going to burn him at the stake. But he gnawed his rope loose, got free, and survived that, too."
Though Putnam is in the game, one of his last tales of near-death was considered--and then promptly excluded--from AC3. According to Turner, Putnam had retired from the ongoing war and was shaving in his house--clad only in underwear--when the Redcoats showed up to capture him. "He jumped out of a second story window in his underwear, ran to his horse, and ran from the Redcoats down a hill with just his pistols," Turner says, further explaining that the event’s inclusion would’ve felt forced.