Learn more about the Revolutionary War: He grew jealous of several rival generals who had been promoted ahead of him and given honors which he thought he deserved.
By then, Arnold was embittered and resentful toward Congress for not approving his wartime expenses and bypassing him for promotion. Now Arnold had a young, beautiful and adoring wife who was, he proudly reported the next morning to several of his friends, good in bed—at least that was the rumor the Marquis de Chastellux, a major general in the French Army who was fluent in English, heard later when visiting Philadelphia.
But by the end of the year, with the Continental Army run out of New York City and retreating across New Jersey, he had lost faith in his commander.
Consequently, Arnold once again resigned his commission on July 11, Using the profits from the sale of his homestead, they bought three trading ships and established a lucrative West Indies trade. While there, his loyalties began to change.
Edward Shippen was a judge and member of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania;  the Shippen family was politically divided, and the judge was considered either a "Neutralist" or a covert "Tory " with allegiance to the British crown.
The colonial forces suffered a disastrous defeat at the hands of General Guy Carleton, governor of Canada and commander of the British forces. Inabout five new generalships were created, but he was overlooked for the posts.
By the end ofArnold had begun secret negotiations with the British to surrender the American fort at West Point, New York, in return for money and a command in the British army. Arnold was promoted to brigadier general for his role in reaching Quebec, and he maintained an ineffectual siege of the city until he was replaced by Major General David Wooster in April Arnold had been badly wounded twice in battle and had lost his business in Connecticut, and that made him profoundly bitter.
Arnold said that it would have been better had it been in the chest instead of the leg. Your browser does not support the audio element.
The whole mission he grew angrier and angrier with them. If he handled the negotiations correctly, turning traitor could be extremely lucrative. He suffered many injuries and dedicated all his efforts to serve his country but instead felt unappreciated despite his determination and hard work.
Without the discovery of his treason in the fall ofthe American people might never have been forced to realize that the real threat to their liberties came not from without, but from within. He was imprisoned by French authorities on Guadeloupe amid accusations of spying for the British, and narrowly eluded hanging by escaping to the blockading British fleet after bribing his guards.
Other possible pro-British contacts in Philadelphia were loyalists Rev. During the skirmishes that followed, Wooster was killed, and Arnold injured his leg when his horse was shot and fell on him.
Possession of West Point meant dividing the colonies, who depended on it for travel, commerceand troop movement. Several agonizing months of recovery left it two inches shorter than the right.
Arnold was bitter, but even he had to admit that the Revolution had catapulted him from the fringes of respectability in New Haven to the national stage. Once again, Arnold had brought his country a step closer to independence.
By marrying Peggy, Arnold had attached himself to a woman who knew how to get what she wanted. He had five brothers and sisters, however, all but one sister died from yellow fever at a young age. According to Parton, she unburdened herself to Prevost, claiming that she "was heartily tired of all the theatricals she was exhibiting", referring to her histrionics at West Point.
Arnold was convicted on two minor charges of using his authority to make a profit. During this time, Arnold brought his sister Hannah to New Haven and established her in his apothecary to manage the business in his absence. Arnold would continue to serve in the military, only now he served the British against his former countrymen.
General Arnold systematically weakened the defenses of West Point with the intent of making it easier for the British to capture.
But because of bad feelings between him and General Horatio Gates, Arnold received little or no credit. Effigies of local crown officials were burned, and Arnold and members of his crew roughed up a man suspected of being a smuggling informant.
Montgomery was killed leading an assault and Arnold was wounded in the leg.Benedict Arnold, the American general during the Revolutionary War who betrayed his country and became synonymous with the word “traitor,” was born on this day in Watch video · In SeptemberBenedict Arnold, who had been a hero of the American Revolution, was discovered to be a traitor.
Karen Lee of Ancestry looks back at his military service and notorious act of. Benedict Arnold (January 14, – June 14, ) was a famous American traitor, having been a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
He is best known for plotting to surrender the American fort at West Point, New York, to the British during the American Revolution. Biography. Benedict was born January 14,in Norwich, Connecticut to Benedict and Hannah Arnold.
Benedict Arnold, the Soldier. He joined the Army and became Captain of the Governor's guard. Benedict Arnold: British Spy and American Traitor. In Philly Benedict met his second wife, Peggy Shippen.
She was 18 years old and he was Today, Benedict Arnold is the most famous traitor in American history. Despite his brilliance as an American general, he will be forever remembered as the man who gave the British the fort at West Point.
Oct 27, · Benedict Arnold () was an early American hero of the Revolutionary War () who later became one of the most infamous traitors in U.S. history after he switched sides and fought for.Download