Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1741-01-14
Death 1801-06-14
English

Biographical notes:

Revolutionary patriot, Continental Army general, and traitor.

From the description of Benedict Arnold papers, 1761-1794. (New Haven Colony Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 432702702

Prior to the U.S. Revolutionary War Arnold was a merchant and trader in the West Indies. He served in the Revolutionary Army, but defected to the British in 1780 and served until the War was over. He then went to Canada and eventually to England. He was married to Margaret Mansfield in 1767; she died Jun. 19, 1775. He subsequently married Margaret Shippen (1760-1804) in 1779.

From the description of [Letters and documents] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 152607841

American army officer and traitor.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New Haven, to Jeremiah Wadsworth, 1777 May 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270131651

Benedict Arnold was an officer in the Continental Army and a traitor.

From the description of Benedict Arnold note, forgery, 1780. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 49301349

Revolutionary War soldier and traitor.

From the description of Letter, 1774 Jan. 26. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 46719329

Silas Deane, American diplomat and delegate from Connecticut to the Continental Congress.

From the description of Letter to Silas Deane, 1780. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 41417407

Army officer.

From the description of Benedict Arnold letterbook, 1775. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70979654

From the description of Benedict Arnold papers, 1777-1780. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449874

From the description of Benedict Arnold papers, 1780. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449941

General of the Continental Army; later, he defected to the British Army.

From the description of To the inhabitants of America : A.D.S.: New York, 1780 October 7. (New York State Library). WorldCat record id: 50769291

American revolutionary leader and traitor.

From the description of Miscellany, 1780. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 173203755

Revolutionary War general and traitor.

From the description of Autograph note signed : "Head Quarters, Robinson House" [near West Point], to the D[eputy] Q[uarter]master General, 1780 Aug. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 714643124

Arnold was a major-general in the American Revolution.

From the description of Papers, 1765-1886 (inclusive), 1775-1806 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122468773

From the guide to the Papers, 1765-1886 (inclusive), 1775-1806 (bulk)., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Arnold left the diary behind at West Point when he fled to the British and it was found among his papers.

From the description of Diary : manuscript, 1775. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612878436

Benedict Arnold, 1741-1801, Revolutionary patriot and traitor.

From the description of Correspondence, 1772-1782. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58658742

Revolutionary patriot, Continental Army general, and traitor; resident of Connecticut.

From the description of Benedict Arnold correspondence, 1786 May-July. (Litchfield Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 701108898

Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) served as a captain with the Connecticut militia and as colonel helped to capture Fort Ticonderoga, together with Ethan Allen and his troops in 1775. Severely injured in 1777, he was given command of the defense of Philadelphia in 1778. Accusations of abuse of power, overspending, and abrogating military directions led to a reprimand from General George Washington. Frustrated and thwarted, Arnold offered his services to the British and, while in command of West Point, made plans to turn it over to their forces. His plans were discovered based on interception of his letters, at which time Arnold joined the British and evaded capture. He fled to England in 1781 and died in London in 1801.

From the guide to the Benedict Arnold Letter Volume, 1772-1782, (@ 2010 New-York Historical Society)

In a tray case,

From the description of Letter : to George Washington, 1775. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612878475

Epithet: General

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  • Gout--Patients--Biography
  • Forgery of manuscripts--Specimens
  • Executors and administrators
  • Arnold, Benedict
  • Simcoe Maps
  • Voyages and travels
  • Pharmacists
  • Canadian invasion, 1775-1776
  • American loyalists
  • Smallpox--Preventive inoculation
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Offenses against property
  • International trade
  • Manuscript maps
  • Anglo--French War, 1778-1783
  • Treason--United States
  • Brun Guide
  • Espionage, British
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Booksellers and bookselling
  • Treason
  • Trusts and trustees
  • Slavery
  • Trials (Espionage)
  • Maps shelf
  • Military passes
  • Canadian invasion, 1775-1776--Sources
  • Saratoga Campaign, N.Y., 1777
  • Traitors--Correspondence
  • Sailors
  • Merchants

Occupations:

  • Pharmacists--Connecticut--New Haven
  • Army officers
  • Pharmacists
  • Bookseller
  • Soldiers
  • Generals--United States

Places:

  • London, ENG, GB
  • Norwich, CT, US