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Who was Benedict Arnold?

Benedict Arnold was an American military officer who served as a general during the American Revolutionary War, fighting for the American Continental Army before defecting to the British in 1780. 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 1780 and he fled to the British. His name quickly became a byword in the United States for treason and betrayal because he led the British army in battle against the very men whom he had once commanded.
  • Personal 

  • French and Indian War 

  • Colonial merchant 

  • Siege of Boston and Fort Ticonderoga 

  • Quebec Expedition 

  • Rhode Island and Philadelphia 

  • Saratoga Campaign 

  • Residence in Philadelphia 

  • Plotting to change sides 

  • Secret communications 

  • Court martial 

  • Offer to surrender West Point 

  • Command at West Point 

  • Plot exposed 

  • Raids in Virginia and Connecticut colonies 

  • British surrender and exile in England 

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  • Death and afterward 

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  • In popular culture 

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