Social Studies//Language ArtsBenedict ArnoldThe Hero, Benedict ArnoldWhen people think of America’s greatest hero, they wouldn’t suspect that he was also branded an evil villain. Benedict Arnold, a Major General on the side of the Americans in the America’s fight for independence, fought many battles, wrote many letters, and greatly influenced the fight between Americans and the British. America would not have won without Benedict Arnold. And yet, Americans treated him poorly, claiming he stole goods and pressed charges against him. Eventually, Arnold got so sick of being mistreated, he switched sides to the British cause, Arnold was hated and disrespected by Americans, the British, and the French. People called him a traitor, a thief, and a villain. People always forget Benedict Arnold as a hero, because he had switched sides. (Shenkin) He was seen as a villain, when really, he was hero to America. Benedict Arnold was a hero because of his courageous acts, he helped win independence for America.In one of the most important battles of the Revolution, the Battle of Valcour Island, no one thought the Americans would win. Before Arnold went to lead the fleet of ships, he wrote hiswill and sent it to his sister, as if a sign of losing hope, he was preparing for the worst. But he pursued on, he came up with a plan, “knowing he didn’t have the firepower or the crew to fight the British on the open lake, Arnold had tucked the fleet behind Valcour Island… The British, he hoped, would sail right past” (Sheinkin 127). Arnold and his fleet were able to beat the British in the battle of Valcour Island due to Arnold’s master plan. Thanks to Arnold and his hero-like-leadership, his plan came through. If Gates or Schuyler was put in charge of the fleet of ships, theAmericans would not have won. Arnold was a hero and had saved the Americans for another battle. Arnold and the ships got to an American Fort, Crown Point, where they were safe, but they didn’t have enough ammunition if the British attacked. The British commander, Carlton,
didn’t know how strong the fort was. He decided to turn back. Sheinkin says, “Benedict Arnold’slittle fleet was gone. But it had kept the American Revolution alive” (140). Arnold was a hero, hesaved the Americans, he saved the Revolution!