Benedict Arnold
On January 14, 1741, Benedict

Arnold was born in Norwich, Connecticut. (B Arnold) Arnoldís father, also
named Benedict, had a drinking problem and his mother Hannah often worried. (B

Arnold) Arnold received his schooling at Canterbury. (B Arnold) While away at
school, a few of Arnoldís siblings passed away from Yellow Fever. (B Arnold)

Arnold was a troublesome kid that would try just about anything. (B Arnold) As a
rebellious 14-year-old boy, he ran away from home to fight in the French and

Indian War. (B Arnold) Later, Benedict Arnold deserted and returned home through
the wilderness alone to work with his cousins. (B Arnold) The army had excused
him without penalty because of his tender, young age. In 1762, when Benedict was
just twenty-one years old, he went to New Haven, Connecticut where he managed a
book and drug store and carried on trade with the West Indies. (B Arnold) In

1767, he married Margaret Mansfield, a daughter of a sheriff of New Haven

County. (B Arnold) They had three sons together. (B Arnold) When the

Revolutionary War was just beginning to break out, Benedict Arnold became a
prosperous ship owner, merchant, and trader. (Lake Champlain) Within days,

Arnold became very interested in the war once again and joined the American

Army. All of the battles Arnold commanded over showed immense courage and
bravery, but he was soon known as Americaís greatest traitor due to his
betrayal of the Americanís. As the Revolutionary War broke out, Benedict

Arnold decided to volunteer to head over 1,000 men up to Maine. (Lake Champlain)

He asked for additional men from his companies to join the army. Arnold then
became a captain in the Connecticut Militia. General George Washington had his
favorites, which Arnold was among the very few. (Macks 118) So, Benedict Arnold
was sent on a infernal 500 mile march to Maine by Washington also known as

"The Rock". (Macks 72, 118) There, he met up with General Richard

Montgomery. (Macks 72) The relentless Benedict Arnold and only about fifty
percent of his original soldiers made it to the St. Lawrence River where they
met up with General Montgomery. (Macks 72) Their plan was to attack the British

Army by surprise in Quebec City, Canada. (Lake Champlain and Macks 72) Both

Montgomery and Arnold arranged to start on the lofty mountain sides of Quebec. (Macks

72) Arnold and his soldiers found themselves trapped by the British. A member of
the British Army shot a musket ball directly towards Arnoldís leg. (Macks 73)

His leg was badly broken and he had to be taken to a hospital bed almost a mile
away from the attack. (Macks 73) The courageous and brave Arnold relentlessly
hollered orders from his bed, as his hard working troopers were overthrown by
the British Army. (Macks 73) The attack had lasted fifty days and the secret
journey resulted in a catastrophe for the volunteer soldiers who marched away.
(Lake Champlain) The conditions were horrendous. It was said that almost fifty
percent of the men froze, starved, and even made broth for nourishment by
boiling leather from their shoes. (Lake Champlain) Forty, of the fifty percent
of the worn out men died before returning home. (Lake Champlain) During this
time, Arnold had tremendous leadership and courage in those woods. Many people
believed that they would have all perished if it were not for dauntless and
extraordinary field general-ship. (Lake Champlain) The Massachusetts Committee
of Safety became suspicious of Arnoldís behavior and conduct. Benedict was fed
up so he resigned his commission at Crown Point, New York. (M. Flynn) While

Benedict was on his way back to Connecticut, he first dropped by Albany, New

York where he talked with the commander of the Northern Army, Major General

Philip Schuyler. (M. Flynn) Arnold tried to persuade the General into letting
him invade Quebec. Arnold understood that he would later face consequences with
the Massachusetts Committee because of his actions, but he prepared himself. (M.

Flynn) Benedict came up with a petition and accumulated over 500 signatures from

Northern New Yorkers. (M. Flynn) The petition showed the Americanís
appreciation of his accomplishments and good deeds. (M. Flynn) The petition soon
became useless. Arnoldís wife had been sick with an illness for quite some
time. (B Arnold) The news soon made it to him that Margaret had passed away. (M.

Flynn) Arnold proceeded back to New Haven to bury his wife and sort through her
belongings. (M. Flynn) He soon returned to the same spot, but this time he had a
new method of taking control of Quebec. (M.