Benedict Arnold: Treacherous or Fearful?

Benedict Arnold: Treacherous or Fearful?

Published on 9 July 2021
Transcript
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Benedict Arnold: Treacherous or Fearful?
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Should Benedict Arnold continue to be labled as a traitor?
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Arnold's Life Leading Up to Treason
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Chapter 1: Leg Injury
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Chapter 2: Marriage to Margaret Shippen
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Chapter 3: Rejection & Losses
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Chapter 1: Leg Injury
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After retaking Fort Ticonderoga from British forces in 1775, the Continental Army started a campaign in Canada in which Arnold got a leg wound and later got in the same leg injury in the battle of Saratoga. As a result of this, he had permanent limp and shorter leg
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Chapter 2: Married with Margaret Shippen
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On April 8, 1779, Arnold married Margaret "Peggy" Shippen. Shippen came from a Loyalist family and had connections with many British officers including John Andre. Andre is the British officer in which Arnold made a deal with.
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Chapter 3: Rejection & Losses
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During the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Arnold was a high-ranking general but after sustaining a leg injury, he requested his leave from his position. Afterwards, his expeditions and naval plans were rejected by George Washington. As a result of this, Arnold requests to lead the campaign in West Point, New York which he tries to betray the Continental Army.
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All leads up to September 23, 1780 at the battle of West Point where Benedict Arnold plan to surrender British forces, failed, and defected towards the British army