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1741, Jan 31757-17811801, Jun 14
a general during the American Revolutionary War who originally fought for the American Continental Army but defected to the British Army. While a general on the American side, he obtained command of the fortifications at West Point, New York (future site of the U.S. Military Academy after 1802), overlooking the cliffs at the Hudson River (upriver from British-occupied New York City), and planned to surrender it to the British forces. The plan was exposed in September 1780, and he was commissioned into the British Army as a brigadier general.
 Timeline (15)
01/14/1741-Benedict Arnold, American traitor, is born in Connecticut
05/10/1775-American forces (Green Mountain Boys) led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga in New York.
10/11/1776-A defeat for the American Navy on Lake Champlain, but Benedict Arnold fights valiantly at the Battle of Valcour Bay
02/19/1777-Congress overlooks Benedict Arnold for promotion
04/27/1777-American troops under Benedict Arnold defeat the British at Ridgefield, Connecticut
09/19/1777-Benedict Arnold and Horatio Gates argue at First Battle of Saratoga, aka Battle of Freeman's Farm (Bemis Heights)
06/01/1779-Benedict Arnold is court-martialed
12/23/1779-Benedict Arnold's court-martial for improper conduct reconvenes
09/21/1780-Benedict Arnold gives British Major John Andre plans to West Point
09/23/1780-British Major John Andre reveals Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point
09/25/1780-Benedict Arnold joins the British 
10/02/1780-British Major John Andre executed in the Benedict Arnold affair
01/05/1781-Benedict Arnold captures and destroys Richmond, VA
04/24/1781-William Phillips and Benedict Arnold launch attack on Petersburg, Virginia
09/06/1781-Benedict Arnold orders burning of New London, CT
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