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Cheshire 1 Karla Cheshire Leah Cheshire History 11 September 2018 Benedict Arnold Would you rather fight for an uncertain cause that would lead to honor and fame, or fight for a disgraceful cause but have money and possessions? Benedict Arnold chose the latter in the American Revolution, so the word traitor often comes to mind when his name is mentioned. However few know what a significant part he played in the revolution. His military skills are considered similar to George Washington’s. The difference between these two men, however, was the way they were treated. Washington was treated with respect, while Arnold was treated with disrespect. Benedict’s treatment in the revolution and his life circumstances caused him to defect to the British. On January 14, 1741 Benedict was born into a wealthy family. Life in Norwich, Connecticut appeared glorious until financial disaster struck the family. Since the family was in distress and had no money to provide for Benedict’s schooling, he was sent to live with his cousins. Benedict engaged in the apothecary business while with them. He later started and ran his own business up until the revolution. The American Revolution was not Arnold’s first military operation. While living with his cousins, the French and Indian War arose. Arnold joined the army and later became a Captain in the Governor’s Second Company of Guards.
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Cheshire 2 Arnold’s fearless character made him a success. He eagerly set out to join the army after news of the beginnings of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
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