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Best known as the traitorous American general who unsuccessfully plotted to turn over his command at West Point to the British, Benedict Arnold had formerly been an accomplished leader of Patriot forces. But bitterness over perceived and real wrongs done to him by the Continental Congress and fellow colonial officers led Arnold to switch sides.

Conflict Period:
Revolutionary War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 1
Birth:
14 Jan 1741 2
Norwich, Connecticut 3
Death:
14 Jun 1801 3
London, England 3
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Benedict Arnold
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Benedict Arnold coded communication
Benedict Arnold coded communication
A reproduction of one of Benedict Arnold's coded communications with the British while he was negotiating what eventually became a failed attempt to surrender the fort at West Point in 1780. Lines of text written by his wife, Peggy Shippen Arnold, are interspersed with coded text (originally written in invisible ink) written by Arnold.
Benedict Arnold's Oath of Allegiance
Benedict Arnold's Oath of Allegiance
Benedict Arnold's Oath of Allegiance, May 30, 1778
Peggy Shippen (wife of Benedict Arnold)
Peggy Shippen (wife of Benedict Arnold)
Peggy Shippen (wife of Benedict Arnold) and her daughter Sophia (1785–1828
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Benedict Arnold asks George Washington to spare John Andre's life
Map of part of Arnold's Expedition to Quebec (1775)
Map of part of Arnold's Expedition to Quebec (1775)
Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold
Map of West Point, 1780
Map of West Point, 1780
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Page 70
William Preston mentions Benedict Arnold being commander of the detachment he was in
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Benedict Arnold appointed brigadier general
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Page 14
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Summary of Arnold's wartime service
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Benedict Arnold, oath of allegiance

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Full Name:
Benedict Arnold 2
Birth:
14 Jan 1741 2
Norwich, Connecticut 2
Male 2
Death:
14 Jun 1801 2
London, England 2
Burial:
Burial Place: St. Mary's Church, Battersea, London, England 2
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Birth:
Mother: Hannah Waterman King 2
Father: Benedict Arnold 2
Marriage:
Peggy Shippen 2
08 Apr 1779 2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2
Spouse Death Date: 24 Aug 1804 1
Marriage:
Margaret Mansfield 2
22 Feb 1767 2
Spouse Death Date: 19 Jun 1775 2
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Revolutionary War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 1
Service Start Date:
1775 1
Service End Date:
1780 1
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Quote:
"Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another." 2
Occupation:
Patriot major general; British brigadier general 2
Battle of Quebec (1775):
Quebec, Canada 2
Moves to Canada (1785):
New Brunswick, Canada 2
Obtains Command of West Point (1780):
West Point, New York 2
Arnold flees after West Point plot is foiled:
24 Sep 1780 2
Moves back to London:
December 1791 2
Moves to England:
08 Dec 1781 2
Moves to New Brunswick, Canada:
1785 2
Obtains command of West Point:
03 Aug 1780 2
Battle of Blandford:
25 Apr 1781 2
Battle of Groton Heights:
06 Sep 1781 2
Battle of Quebec:
31 Dec 1775 2
Battle of Ridgefield:
27 Apr 1777 2
Battle of the Cedars:
31 Dec 1969 2
Battle of Valcour Island:
11 Oct 1776 2
Battles of Saratoga:
September 19, 1777; October 7, 1777 2
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga:
10 May 1775 2
Expedition to Quebec:
September 1775 2
Siege of Fort Stanwix:
31 Dec 1969 2

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