231 years ago today Benedict Arnold let his anger and desperation make him do the unthinkable. In today’s hard times, many people are looking to get out of bad situations and it is sometimes a struggle to know how to do that. Keep your head up, try to look at the glass half full, surround yourself with helpful people, and always stay true to yourself…. These are things that Benedict Arnold did not do.
During the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold was an American hero. On September 21, 1780 Arnold created a plan to work with British forces. Benedict Arnold became synonymous with the word “traitor.”
Arnold was born January 14, 1741 into a well-respected family in Norwich, Connecticut. He joined the Continental Army when the Revolutionary War broke out between Great Britain and its 13 American colonies in 1775. Arnold helped in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, distinguished himself in campaigns at Lake Champlain, Ridgefield and Saratoga and was making a great name for himself. In 1777 five men of lesser rank were promoted over Arnold and over the next few years he married for the second time. Arnold and his wife lived a very lavish lifestyle and accumulated substantial debt.
The debt and the resentment of being overlooked in a promotion where motivating factors in Arnold’s choice to become a traitor.
In 1780 Arnold was given command of West Point in New York. Arnold contacted the head of the British forces, and proposed handing over West Point and his men in exchange for a large sum of money and a high position in the British Army. When he met with Major John Andre to finalize the pact, his plan was foiled. Arnold fled to the enemy side and went on to lead British troops in Virginia and Connecticut.