The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
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Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest Revolutionary War heroes. Steve Sheinkin's accessible biography, The Notorious Benedict Arnold, introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing American Revolution battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale from history.
war brewing it was too dangerous to send unarmed ships to Canada or the Caribbean. He could turn his head and see his wardrobe full of fine clothes, and next to it the smaller built-in closet of his own design, the one just for his huge collection of shoes. Everything in the house had been built under his direction—the marble fireplaces, the wine cellar, the porch and carved pillars out front, the stables and coach house, the gardens and fruit trees, and graveled walkways winding down to the
the attack continued under General Richard Montgomery. In mid-September, as Benedict Arnold’s force was beginning its march through Maine, Montgomery approached St. John’s with about two thousand soldiers. The inside of the fort got very crowded very quickly. John André was just one of more than five hundred soldiers crammed into the place. Then, as the Americans approached, in poured the frightened residents of nearby farms: men, women, children, barnyard animals. A week of rain turned the
the Danbury action, a British intelligence report described Arnold as having “the character of a devilish fighting fellow.” When news of the Danbury fight reached Congress, members decided to reconsider their decision not to promote Arnold. “The ballots being taken,” said John Adams, “Brigadier General Benedict Arnold was promoted to the rank of major general.” Washington sent his thanks to Congress, but pointed out a problem—since they’d been major generals longer, the five men promoted over
That night Arnold wrote another letter to Peggy. “Never did I so long to see or hear from you as at this instant,” he began. “Six days’ absence without hearing from my dear Peggy is intolerable.” He told her about his trip. “I am heartily tired with my journey and almost so with human nature,” he wrote. “I daily discover so much baseness and ingratitude among mankind that I almost blush at being of the same species, and could quit the stage without regret were it not for some few gentle,
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