Benedict Arnold’s Treason

Benedict Arnold’s Treason

ByJustin McKinneyAugust 28, 2020

Author:   Edmund Pendleton Date:1780 Annotation: Toward the end of 1780, morale within the Continental Army reached a low point. Troop strength fell to just 6000, and many officers threatened to resign over unpaid wages and inadequate supplies. In September, one of the frustrated officers–Benedict Arnold (1741-1801)–switched to the British side. Earlier in the war, Arnold had been one of…

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Generals, Federalists, Presidents,
and Major Personalities

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