Hashmi 1Khulood HashmiHistory 1301 HonorsDecember 7, 2017Professor Sarabeth ReedHistory Extra Credit Videos AssignmentBenedict Arnold was apparently and arguably the most gifted officer in the Continental Army. He was recognized for his passion, courage, determination, and leadership skills. When the American Revolution began, he volunteered to lead an attack on the British stronghold at Ticonderoga. Short-tempered and strong willed, he argued with other officers over command of the mission. After capture of the fort, the standoff quickly escalated to physical violence. Of course Arnold resigned from his position after this unfortunate incident, and his counterparts significantly belittled his role in the campaign when they submitted their official reports to Congress. When it came to invading Canada, the first president of the United States insisted that Arnold take a part in it. Although Arnold was badly hurt and the campaign was unsuccessful, Washington still promoted him to brigadier general for his incredible efforts. However, he was correctly or falsely accused of plundering and selling supplies. Even though his name was cleared,his reputation and ego still greatly suffered. He was given an immensely important task and that was to defend Lake Champlain from an attack. To slow down the British advances, his men built several ships. While these actions saved Washington’s army for a whole year, those in the Continental Congress blamed Arnold for “destroying the American Navy” after the ships were purposely sunk to avoid getting caught.