Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor by Willard Sterne RandallIn the first major biography of Benedict Arnold in 35 years, prize-winning journalist and historian Willard Sterne Randall unravels the web of personal drama and political intrigue that led to the most famous betrayal in American history. Citing documents long believed lost, Randall explores the full story of Arnolds brilliant but agonized career as patriot and soldier and his ultimate treasonous decision. 24 pages of photographs and maps.
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Had he died earlier, he would be remembered today as a great American hero. Instead, he made a series of treacherous decisions that catapulted his name into history as the worst sort of person — a traitor to George Washington and to his country. This was important because it delayed the British offense against the colonials in New York. His foresight in heading to this strategic fort without delay and winning a victory was rewarded with a promotion, but a dispute with another commander over the control of the fort showed his fiery and impetuous temperament. Arnold convinced Washington that an attack on Quebec would demoralize the British and perhaps encourage the Canadians to join the colonists.
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Thereafter his name became an epithet for traitor in the United States. Upon the outbreak of hostilities at Lexington, Massachusetts April , Arnold volunteered for service and participated with Ethan Allen in the successful colonial attack on British-held Fort Ticonderoga , New York , the following month. That autumn he was appointed by General George Washington to command an expedition to capture Quebec. He marched with men by way of the Maine wilderness, a remarkable feat of woodsmanship and endurance, and, reinforced by General Richard Montgomery, attacked the well-fortified city. The combined assault December 31, failed, Montgomery was killed, and Arnold was severely wounded.
This monument was erected under the patronage of the State of Connecticut in the 55th year of the Independence of the U. AD , when the British, under the command of the Traitor Benedict Arnold , burnt the towns of New London and Groton and spread desolation and woe throughout the region. Benedict Arnold January 14, [ O. George Washington had given him his fullest trust and placed him in command of the fortifications at West Point, New York. Arnold planned to surrender the fort to British forces, but the plot was discovered in September and he fled to the British.