colonies in America. Some conflicts occurred between the British troops and the colonial militiamen, which lead to the war. There was a variety of individuals that joined this war. For example, slaves joined due to the promises of freedom, women followed their husbands and helped with the troops, and a variety of leaders from America. The individual I chose to write about is General Benedict Arnold. Benedict Arnold was born on January 14, 1741, in Norwich, Connecticut. Arnold’s father was a businessman that became successful. But after losing three of his children to yellow fever,he got into a financial bind, due to the heaviness of drinking. As a young child, Arnold was enrolled in private school. Arnold left school and apprenticed at an apothecary. At the age of sixteen, he joined the militia and went to New York to fight with the French.