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The Dark Eagle refers to the hero of Saratoga Benedict Arnold who went from highly regarded hero to the most hated man in the Colonies in a matter of days In the book Benedict Arnold The Dark Eagle Brian Richard Boylan analyzes the historical figure not critically but objectively He examines the forces that possibly could have driven Benedict Arnold to turn his back on the country that he fought for so dearly Boylan also points out that the man who Arnold did most of his negotiations with Major General John Andr was strikingly similar to Arnold and that the two men were brought together under one woman Miss Peggy Shippen Throughout this book Boylan suggests that the reader should view Arnold without the general stereotype of him being a traitor That way you can see the man Benedict Arnold truly was and read of the reasons that he lost his love for the Colonial army and its government The Battle of Saratoga was a major battle in the American Revolution it helped persuade the French into signing a Treaty with the United States that helped turn the tides on the British Major General Horatio Gates was the commander of the Army of the North His English counterpart was General John Burgoyne The open-field battle style considerable favored the British troops of Burgoyne The Americans had their backs against the wall they were almost out of options until their savior literally rode in on horseback This man was General Benedict Arnold He rode in from Freemans Farm where Gates Arnolds superior had taken his authority away because of Arnolds insubordination Arnold thought nothing of Major Gatesorders to stay at Freemans Farm and rode off with no sign of slowing No Man will keep me in my tent this day Arnold said Unlike Gates Benedict Arnold liked to lead and command his men on the front lines Arnold personally led the
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