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Benedict Arnold

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold

Profession: US General and Turncoat

United States of America

Biography: A general during the American Revolutionary War, Arnold defected to the British army and planned to surrender the fortifications at West Point, New York to the British before the plan was foiled.

His name has become a byword for treason and betrayal in the United States.

Born: January 14, 1741
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, USA
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: June 14, 1801 (aged 60)
Cause of Death: Delirium

Married Life

  • 1767-02-22 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (26) weds the daughter of the sheriff of New Haven Margaret Mansfield
  • 1779-04-08 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Historical Events

  • 1779-12-23 Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
  • 1780-09-21 Benedict Arnold gives British Major John André plans to West Point
  • 1780-09-23 British Major John Andre reveals Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point
  • 1780-09-25 Benedict Arnold joins the British
  • 1781-01-05 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

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