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No other American is remembered quite the same as Benedict Arnold He was a brave soldier a patriot- and a traitor Benedict was born in Norwich Connecticut on January 14 1741 When he was 14 years old Benedict ran away from home to fight in the French and Indian War but he was brought back by his mother who apparently was driven insane later in her life After his mother insisted that he return home he ran away for a second time After he was finished playing boy hero for awhile he learned the apothecary pharmacy trade and then in 1762 he opened a book and drug store in New Haven Benedict was also involved with trade in the West Indies By 1774 he was one of the wealthiest citizens in New Haven Its a good thing that he had money because he was one of those people who liked to ride around in their Mercedes and wear expensive clothes even if he couldnt afford them Benedict then got hooked up with the sheriffs daughter Margaret Mansfield and they hit it off They decided to get married in 1774 But this marriage was short lived because the next year Margaret caught a disease and died When the Revolutionary War began that year Arnold was already an experienced soldier He had helped Ethan Allen capture Fort Ticonderoga Then Benedict came up with a great idea to capture Quebec This idea failed but Benedict had already proven his bravery He was then commissioned as a colonel in the patriot forces He was one of General George Washingtons most trusted officers Benedict led his troops to the siege of Boston and Valcour Island and proved once again to be a bold and skilled officer At the battle of Valcour Island he was wounded severely in his leg His bravery won him the respect of many people He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Arnold felt
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