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.
Canada and were already driving across northern New York. If they made it to the Hudson River and sliced the United States in two, Washington warned, “the most disagreeable consequences may be apprehended.” In other words, the Americans would lose the war. The Northern Army needed help, and the commander knew the man he wanted to send. “If General Arnold has settled his affairs,” wrote Washington, “and can be spared from Philadelphia, I would recommend him for this business, and that he should
the doctors were not even sure Arnold would walk again, let alone charge around on a warhorse. He had no idea if he’d ever be able to lead men into battle. Or, if he’d want to. Peggy Shippen November 1777–April 1778 While Arnold lay in his Albany fracture box, John André marched triumphantly into Philadelphia with the British army. Many Patriots had fled as the British arrived, leaving behind empty houses, which British officers quickly occupied. André and the rest of General Grey’s staff
please Reed. At a ball in early July, he sat beside the dance floor, his foot propped on a pillowed stool. No longer able to dance, he enjoyed the music, watched the swirling figures, and flirted with the women who came over to his couch. He spotted a quiet young woman standing to the side, a pretty, shy-looking blonde. He asked an officer who she was. The man told Arnold her name—Peggy Shippen. Arnold asked to be introduced. She was led over and they chatted. He was smitten. “I must tell you
stupid spat, but it turned serous that night when Matlack went home and complained to his father, Timothy, who happened to be one of James Reed’s colleagues on the Pennsylvania Executive Council. Timothy Matlack wrote an angry note to Arnold. Arnold responded, agreeing that if Franks had insulted the boy, he should apologize. But, added Arnold, if Matlack didn’t like taking orders, the military was not the place for him. “The respect due to a citizen,” he explained, “is by no means to be paid to
circumstances and enjoyed a fair prospect of improving them,” continued Arnold. “I sacrificed domestic ease and happiness to the service of my country, and in her service have I sacrificed a great part of a handsome fortune.” For all he’d done, Arnold argued, he deserved better treatment. “The part which I have acted in the American cause has been acknowledged by our friends, and by our enemies, to have been far from an indifferent one. My time, my fortune, and my person have been devoted to my