Benedict Arnold
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Benedict Arnold


: 14 January 1741


: Norwich, Connecticut, US


: Capricorn


: 14 June 1801


: 60 years

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  • He was a general during the American Revolutionary War who originally fought for the American Continental Army but defected to the British Army
Born: 14 January 1741
When did Benedict Arnold die? / Died 14 June 1801
How many years did Benedict Arnold live? / Lived 60 years
Where was Benedict Arnold born? Norwich, Connecticut, US
Where did Benedict Arnold die? / Deathplace London, United Kingdom
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 Who was Benedict Arnold? / Facts   

  • While a general on the American side, he obtained command of the fortifications at West Point, New York (future site of the US Military Academy after 1802), overlooking the cliffs at the Hudson River (upriver from British-occupied New York City), and planned to surrender it to the British forces
  • The plan was exposed in September 1780, and he was commissioned into the British Army as a brigadier general
  • Benedict Arnold was born in Connecticut and was a merchant operating ships on the Atlantic Ocean when the war broke out in 1775
  • He joined the growing army outside Boston and distinguished himself through acts of intelligence and bravery
  • His actions included the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, defensive and delaying tactics at the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain in 1776 (allowing American forces time to prepare New York's defenses), the Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticut (after which he was promoted to major general), operations in relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix, and key actions during the pivotal Battles of Saratoga in 1777, in which he suffered leg injuries that ended his combat career for several years
  • Despite Benedict Arnold's successes, he was passed over for promotion by the Continental Congress, while other officers claimed credit for some of his accomplishments
  • Adversaries in military and political circles brought charges of corruption or other malfeasance, but most often he was acquitted in formal inquiries
  • Congress investigated his accounts and found that he was indebted to Congress after having spent much of his own money on the war effort
  • Arnold was frustrated and bitter at this, as well as with the alliance with France and the failure of Congress to accept Britain's 1778 proposal to grant full self-governance in the colonies
  • He decided to change sides and opened secret negotiations with the British
  • In July 1780, he was awarded command of West Point

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