From Good to Bad

By | Jan 14, 2010

If the Revolutionary War had ended a couple of years earlier, the war’s biggest traitor would have been a national hero. Benedict Arnold was involved as an American Military leader in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and the Battles of Saratoga in 1777.

But things changed after he was injured at the Battle of Saratoga. His combat career was curtailed. Even with his successes he was passed over for promotion by the Continental Congress. Others took credit for his accomplishments.

Beginning in 1779 Arnold decided to change sides and began giving information to the British as well as transferring his assets to London accounts.

As part of the plot he was able to gain command of the fort at West Point. His intentions was to surrender the fort to the British without a fight. However his plot was exposed and stopped. Arnold found out that his plot was foiled in enough time to leave West Point and board a British ship.

Arnold received a commission as a brigadier general in the British Army leading British forces at Blanford, Virginia, and Groton, Connecticut, before the war end. In the winter of 1782, Arnold and his wife Margaret “Peggy” Shippen Arnold moved to London. In 1787, he entered into mercantile business with his sons Richard and Henry in Saint John, New Brunswick, but returned to London in 1791.

Benedict Arnold, V was born on January 14, 1741 (January 3 under the Julian Calendar). He was the second child of Benedict Arnold III to have the name. His brother Bendict Arnold IV died in infancy. His Great Grandfather, Bendict Arnold, was an early governor of the Colony of Rhode Island. Arnold died in London, England on June 14, 1801.


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