25 April 2011

Cowards: Benedict Arnold

By Jennifer Linforth

Without fail he is the most famous traitor in US History. Benedict Arnold was a passionate, but discontented man during the US Revolution and constantly under the impression that he was ill treated by Congress. Expecting more from Congress than it was willing to provide, his treason was inevitable.

He was a man with a long history serving his country having been a militia member during the French and India war (1754-1763) and later joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary war. During it, he helped capture Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, successfully attacked British Quebec and earned the rank of brigadier general as a result. But success was not without enemies, and in 1777 five lesser ranking men were promoted over him resulting in animosity and the start of his downfall. He fell into personal debt during the years that followed and his resentment over not being promoted flared his thoughts of becoming a rebel.

By 1780, Arnold in command of West Point. What would happen next would seal the fate of US history. He met with Sir Henry Clinton, head of the British forces, to proposed handing over West Point. On September 21, 1780, Arnold acted on his thoughts and made his traitorous pact with the British. However, the conspiracy was uncovered. Arnold fled, turned his back on his country and served the British troops in Virginia and Connecticut. He eventually fled the country and died in England.

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Michelle Styles said...

One of Benedict Arnold's attacks against the Americans was at Fort Griswold, Groton Connecticut. When the commander of the fort tried to surrender after fierce fighting, an unnamed British officer (sometimes said to be the commander of the British forces) took the sword and ran him through.
Arnold was heavily criticised in the British army for the assault.

Shawn said...

Benedict Arnold was a traitor, certainly, but I would not call him a coward, at least not in battle. He was notoriously fearless in in the face of the enemy, but perhaps too afraid of his wife to stop her from spending him into ruin. Like many traitors, his reasons may have been as much financial as ideological.

Lou said...

A new book just out by Greg Zoller, The Dark Eagle, makes a convincing case for the fact that Arnold was not a traitor, but was set up by Washington. Find it on Amazon or B&N.