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Benedict Arnold

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Arnold, Benedict (1741–1801), general and traitor in the American Revolution. He fought outstandingly for the American cause at Ticonderoga (1775) and Saratoga (1777) and in 1778 received command of Philadelphia. In 1780 Arnold assumed the command of West Point and with John André plotted its surrender to the British in revenge for past criticisms. André's capture forced Arnold to flee to the British side, and in 1781 he went into exile in London.

See also: Revolutionary War in America.

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