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- n. A traitor.
A checkered military career had seen him named successor to Benedict Arnold in command at West Point, and later court-martialed for an altercation with William Heath, commander of the army’s Eastern Department.
The Traitor and the Spy: Benedict Arnold and John André Syracuse, 1991.
It was immediately plunged into a new scandal when Joseph Reed and the Pennsylvania assembly demanded prosecution of Benedict Arnold on charges of corruption.
Although the name of Benedict Arnold today is synonymous with “traitor,” in May 1775 he was still a patriot, and much would transpire to his honor before his disgrace.
After the ambush of Herkimer’s reinforcements, moreover, Schuyler had detached 900 men under Benedict Arnold who had ridden into Fort Edward on July 24 for the relief of Fort Stanwix.
On the morning Congress had opened, Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen, the latter with a band of his resolute Green Mountain Boys, had captured the British fortress at Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain.