A biography of benedict arnold a general during the american revolutionary war

The debt and the resentment Arnold felt over not being promoted faster were motivating factors in his choice to become a turncoat. Meanwhile, Arnold seriously wounded the same leg he had injured at Quebec in the battle.

Arnold was greedy and a spendthrift, and heavily in debt to London financiers. On August 13, Schuyler dispatched him with a force of to relieve the siege of Fort Stanwixwhere he succeeded in a ruse to lift the siege.

Crippled from his wounds, Arnold was placed in command of Philadelphia Junewhere he socialized with families of loyalist sympathies and lived extravagantly. His physicians diagnosed him as having dropsyand a visit to the countryside only temporarily improved his condition.

Washington then made one of the worst decisions of his career, appointing Arnold as military governor of the rich, politically divided city. Queen Charlotte awarded her an annuity of pound sterling for the maintenance of her children, including those not yet born.

Arnold rejoined the army in time to participate in the defense of central New York from an invading British force under General John Burgoyne in the fall of Quebec Campaign The Second Continental Congress authorized an invasion of Quebecin part on the urging of Arnold—but he was passed over for command of the expedition.

Benedict Arnold

June 14, in London, England Best known for: He knew that he was distrusted and disliked by senior military officers on both sides. He engaged in a variety of business deals designed to profit from war-related supply movements and benefiting from the protection of his authority.

Washington was one of the few who genuinely liked and admired him, but Arnold thought that Washington betrayed him. Hundreds of American soldiers were killed, wounded or captured, and Canada remained in British hands.

Leger with news that the approaching force was much larger and closer than it actually was; this convinced St. Arnold was convicted on two minor charges of using his authority to make a profit. Upon the outbreak of hostilities at Lexington, Massachusetts AprilArnold volunteered for service and participated with Ethan Allen in the successful colonial attack on British-held Fort TiconderogaNew Yorkthe following month.

Inshe returned briefly to Philadelphia, accompanied by her infant son George and a maid, to visit with her parents and family. Upon seeing this, the soldiers received inspiration and charged in to fight alongside him. He then went to Cambridge, Massachusetts and suggested to George Washington a second expedition to attack Quebec City via a wilderness route through Maine.

He was assigned a task to serve at Ticonderoga. When he returned congress did nothing with the men. His marriage to Peggy raised his social status immensely.

He was often accused of being greedy and using his power to make money for himself. Benedict's mother died in and his father passed away a few years later in He was on his way home from Ticonderoga when he learned that his wife had died earlier in June.

Arnold benefited from his relationship with Mansfield, who became a partner in his business and used his position as sheriff to shield him from creditors. Arnold returned to England inbut he left to spend several years privateering in the West Indies before permanently settling in London.

He returned a hero, but his rash courage and impatient energy had aroused the enmity of several officers. He also provided information on a proposed French-American invasion of Quebec that was to go up the Connecticut River Arnold did not know that this proposed invasion was a ruse intended to divert British resources.

Washington refused his resignation and ordered him north to assist with the defense there.A American military officer who served as a general during the American Revolutionary War, fighting for the American Continental Army before defecting to the British in Benedict Arnold.

Benedict Arnold Biography. Born: January 14, Norwich, Connecticut Died: June 14, London, England American military general Although he fought with skill and courage in many campaigns during the American Revolution (–83), General Benedict Arnold is best known as the man who betrayed his country.

Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Died: Jun 14, Biography Benedict Arnold (January 14, [O.S. January 3, ] – June 14, ) was a general during the American Revolutionary War who fought heroically for the American. Biography. Benedict was born January 14,in Norwich, Connecticut to Benedict and Hannah Arnold.

As a young boy his family his father was a successful businessman. Continental and later British Army general during the American Revolutionary War.

Benedict Arnold

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