NHD Draft Essay - Pearl Bilson Benedict Arnold A Patriot Hero Yet an Ineffective Traitor The devastating times of the Revolutionary War(1775-1783 or the

NHD Draft Essay - Pearl Bilson Benedict Arnold A Patriot...

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Pearl Bilson Benedict Arnold A Patriot Hero Yet an Ineffective Traitor The devastating times of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), or the War of Independence, was a war between Great Britain and the Thirteen Colonies. During that era, the colonies wanted freedom from England so they started to fight soldiers of the England army. Benedict Arnold, a commander in chief, earned the title of a patriotic hero and an ineffective traitor through his plot of the surrender of West Point to the British for 20,000 pounds, his trade of information to the British, and his frustration of lack of recognition from the American people. In Norwich, Connecticut, January 14th,1741, Benedict Arnold was born into a prosperous family as a British subject. He was the second out of eight and the first son out of five daughters who out of five, two would die from yellow fever. In his childhood, his father, Benedict Arnold III, a merchant, was a very respected businessman. Often, his father would take him on business trips and later on, Benedict became skilled in sailing and navigation. His father had later lost his title due to business problems. and kept borrowing and borrowing money to fix them, but it never seemed to get the job done. Soon, not only did Benedict’s father lose his title, but also became a drunkard who lost the respect of his friends and family and could never pay his debts. Benedict Arnold III who had married Hannah King the late widow of his former boss also took over his shipping business as well. Hannah took it upon herself to be the new head of the family. She had noticed the stares of people whenever she went to church or other places. Even though people would still care for her, bring her food and talk to her, it was obvious that all they felt for her was pity. As for Benedict, he wouldn't allow his father's demise to affect him. He wrote his own legacy, he became the town's “Daredevil”(Fritz, Jean. Traitor: The case of Benedict Arnold. Pg
5). He performed tricks and dangerous stunts to keep his town loving him. As one of his stunts, he entered a burning home and came out unharmed. Soon he would have the group of friends who would perform these stunts with him; and later on, the entire town knew the name of “Benedict Arnold, the Daredevil”. Soon, Mrs. Arnold sent benedict to her cousins to be an apprentice as a druggist. Her cousin, Dr. Lathrop owned the largest retail store in the old famous post road between Boston and New York. She knew that he could Give the fatherly discipline that his own father at that moment could not provide. The wife was also beneficial and taught Benedict social graces and proper etiquette. They lived in a richly furnished mansion with formal

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