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Handling Betrayal (15 of 21)
Series: Jesus Our Savior - Gospel of Luke
Benedict Arnold was considered by many to be the best general
and most accomplished leader in the Continental Army. Without his early contributions to the cause of Independence the American
Revolution might have been lost.
Arnold distinguished himself early in the war through acts of cunning and bravery as he captured Fort Ticonderoga, won two battles in Connecticut (after which he was promoted to Major General) and the Battle of Saratoga.
But in spite of his success, Arnold was passed over for promotion by the Continental Congress while other officers took credit for
many of his accomplishments. As his personal debts mounted,
Congress investigated his accounts and charges of corruption were
brought against him by political adversaries.
Frustrated and bitter by the attacks on his character Arnold decided to change sides and support the British against the Americans. In
July 1780 he sough and obtained command of West Point in order
to surrender it to the British.
He tried to drain West Point's supplies by selling them on the black market so that any siege attempt would likely succeed.
Troops were distributed throughout the area of his command,
but only the minimum were kept at West Point.
His plan was discovered when Major Andre was captured carrying a letter that revealed Arnold's plan of betrayal. Arnold escaped and led a force of 1,600 British soldiers into Virginia.
At West Point Military Academy there is a plaque with the name of every general who has commanded the Post. The memorial for
Benedict Arnold only has his rank "Major General" and a date "born 1740". His name has been left off because of his betrayal
to the country he pledged to serve, but turned against.
How do people normally handle being betrayed?
1. They become angry because they have been deeply hurt.
2. They fight back to try and get ...
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