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No other American is remembered quite the same as Benedict ArnoldHe was a brave soldier a patriot- and a traitor Benedict was born inNorwich Connecticut on January 14 1741 When he was 14 years oldBenedict ran away from home to fight in the French and Indian War but hewas brought back by his mother who apparently was driven insane later inher life If I had a son like Benedict I might have gone insane tooAfter his mother insisted that he return home he ran away for a secondtime After he was finished playing boy hero for awhile he learned theapothecary pharmacy trade and then in 1762 he opened a book and drugstore in New Haven Benedict was also involved with trade in the WestIndies By 1774 he was one of the wealthiest citizens in New HavenIts a good thing that he had money because he was one of those peoplewho like to ride around in their Mercedes and wear expensive clothes evenif he couldnt afford them Benedict then got hooked up with thesheriffs daughter Margaret Mansfield and they hit it off They decidedto get married in 1774 But this marriage was short lived because thenext year Margaret caught a disease and died When the Revolutionary Warbegan that year Arnold was already an experienced soldier He had helpedEthan Allen capture Fort Ticonderoga Then Benedict came up with a greatidea to capture Quebec This idea failed but Benedict had already provenhis bravery He was then commissioned as a colonel in the patriot forcesHe was one of General George Washingtons most trusted officers Benedict led his troops to the siege of Boston and Valcour Islandand proved once again to be a bold and skilled officer At the battle ofValcour Island he was wounded severely in his leg His bravery won himthe respect of many people He was promoted to the rank of brigadiergeneral Arnold felt that his services were not properly rewarded In1777 Congress
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