Benedict Arnold: Patriot or traitor In the American Revolution, Arnold played both. From his bravery at Ticonderoga to his treason at West Point, his own fort, his career was a controversial one. As an American military major general and a British military genius, Arnold had a great influence on the Revolutionary War.
Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich, Cnnecticut on January 14, 1741. In his early life, he was apprenticed to an apothecary, or druggist. In 1761, at the age of 20, he moved to New Haven, Connecticut, after his father?s death.
Benedict Arnold was quite a soldier. He began his military career as a militiaman in the French and Indian War. His second military appearance was in
the Revolutionary War. He and Ethan Allen led a campaign up to the Fort Ticonderoga in New York. The weather conditions were very harsh; many of
their troops died due to exposure and starvation.
Those who did survive did so by eating their own shoes and ammunition cases. When the battle did take place
surprisingly it was a great success. Fifty cannons and some much-needed ammunition were obtained. Oxen dragged these supplies 200
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