Benedict Arnold - Preface

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 Benedict Arnold Portrait, online courtesy Library of Congress.


I rejoice
in the opportunity I have
of inviting you to join
His Majesty's Arms.


Benedict Arnold, 
Proclamation to the Continental Army 
October 20, 1780

 At the beginning of September, 1780 Benedict Arnold was a Major General in the Continental Army. His assignment? The command of West Point, a strategically important American fort on the Hudson River.

By the end of the month, he was a traitor who had tried to sell out his country, his fort and his men. His price? Twenty thousand pounds sterling (worth about $1 million today).

What caused this twice-wounded Revolutionary War hero to commit treason? Who was this man whose very name means “traitor” to an American? 



Original Release Date:  May, 2003
Updated Quarterly, or as Needed

Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 3706

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