New york state archivist christine ward talks about benedict arnold's actions taken during the american revolution that gave him the title of a traitor. See all the vietnam war election collection national history day amending america congress the constitution the american revolution the civil war world war i rights in america american indians 1970s america the nixon and ford years signatures what americans eat dc constitution lab. Ultimately his betrayal was discovered and arnold fled to new york city, accepting a commission in the british army arnold's name has become synonymous with treasonous behavior and is perhaps one of the most infamous figures in american history benedict arnold was born in 1741 to a prominent connecticut family. Benedict arnold (1741-1801) was an early american hero of the revolutionary war (1775-83) who later became one of the most infamous traitors in us history after he switched sides and fought for the british at the outbreak of the war, arnold participated in the capture of the british garrison of fort ticonderoga in 1775. George washington in colonial america, there were many men who were just as eager to get ahead as thomas hutchinson (1711–1780 see earlier entries in this chapter) for a man like benedict arnold (1741–1801), whose father had left him no money, one of the best and fastest ways to get noticed was by advancing. The argument over arnold's place in american history has carried into this century all the americans relate george washington, alexander hamilton, and thomas jefferson as their heroes, but there is a debate whether benedict arnold was a victim or a traitor arnold was a general during the american revolutinary war,.
Benedict arnold is likely america's most famous traitor notorious for his attempt to sell his command at west point to the british during the american revolution, arnold's name has been synonymous with treason for centuries but arnold is a complex figure in american history: before he turned traitor he. The role of benedict arnold in the history of the united states of america. Benedict arnold is a name that nearly every american knows, though not in any positive way benedict arnold is known in american history as the nation's ultimate traitor, a man who held positions of high power in the continental army of the american revolution, who switched sides and joined the british most americans.
Benedict arnold (1741–1801), whose name is now synonymous with the word “ traitor,” was born in norwich, connecticut after militia service in the french and indian war, arnold achieved some success as a local merchant and shipowner in december 1774, he was elected captain of a connecticut militia unit, the. Wife of american traitor general benedict arnold image: peggy shippen arnold and her daughter by sir thomas lawrence peggy (margaret) shippen was born on july 11, 1760, to one of the most prominent families in philadelphia, which included two philadelphia mayors and the founder of shippensburg, pennsylvania.
Before defecting to the british army, benedict arnold had a humble upbringing in which he began serving in the militia at an early age after escaping the united states death penalty by fleeing to england, arnold would go on to become the most notorious traitors in american history when he later served against the. On september 24, 1780, american general benedict arnold defected to the british army during the american revolution. By steven paul mark the story of general benedict arnold and major john andré takes about a minute to convey in a high school classroom the real story, many historical accounts over look the impact of american loyalist military leaders and their revolutionary war contributions to the british cause 50,000 or more.
Benedict arnold (1741–1801) is perhaps the most despised man of the american revolution solely based on his actions to deceive the continental army and hand army from philadelphia to new york city, where the demand would increase due to the massive army and displaced loyalists now under british influence.
Benedict arnold the name “benedict arnold” is synonymous with “traitor” in american history while there is no excusing arnold's treachery and broken peggy had several friends among british officers there is much speculation regarding her influence on her husband's historic decision and how her. A loyal arnold could have have had a positive affect on the outcome of some of the battles know where arnold would have served, but had he been at camden, perhaps he could have turned the tide of the battle and effected an american victory michael l sutton, history instructor at trine university. In philbrick's view, benedict arnold's war story embodies much of what went wrong in the revolution america's most notorious traitor actually began the war a hero, displaying bravery in the capture of fort ticonderoga and the battle of quebec, and using his nautical cunning to lead his fleet to safety on.