Benedict Benedict Arnold Benedict Arnold Benedict Arnold liked to lead and command his men on the front lines. The Battle of Saratoga was a major battle in the American Revolution; it helped persuade the French into signing a Treaty with the United States that helped turn the on the British. The open-field battle style was favored by the British. The American s were almost out of options, until their savior General Benedict Arnold rode in. Arnold personally led the charge during the Battle of Saratoga, however Arnold was wounded during the final assault in his left knee.
While the American troops surrounded and captured forces, Arnold laid in pain on the battlefield. Gates took the credit for the victory at Saratoga and didn t mention Arnold in his reenactment to General Washington. The events of the two years previous to Saratoga were very influential to Benedict Arnold. During that time Benedict Arnold and George Washington were planning a attack and invasion of Canada. The route to Montreal was easy, but the trip Quebec was much tougher. During Washington s meetings with Arnold, he was examined Benedict very carefully, and he liked what he saw.
In Washington s mind there wasn t a better man for the job than Arnold, to lead the charge into Quebec. Arnold was given independent command from Washington to lead troops. Arnold had many conflicts with Congress in his lifetime. He continually battled with members that did not like him for various reasons. But Congress decided to change the rules and they didn t promote Arnold. Five other men were inferior to Arnold when it came to military intelligence.
Congress had made Arnold look like a fool, and he resented it. In one instance, Arnold had put a request into Congress for reimbursement for supplies that he bought with his own money during his march to Quebec. But Congress wasn t going to pay a large sum of money unless he could prove that he indeed had spent the money. Arnold did not keep records of what he spent because he was too involved with the march itself.
He felt that, yet again, his government had let him down. All of this caused Arnold to resign from the military on July 11 th. Although he resigned he offered up his services to the military if he was needed. The final event that caused Arnold to turn on America was when he was tried on several misdemeanor charges.
On December 25, 1779 hearings opened for the court martial case of Benedict Arnold. Arnold was eventually censured from the American Army. After this Arnold switched to the British side, and was known as a traitor. His great leadership helped the British immensely, yet obviously not enough to win the war. Benedict Arnold was considered a military genius; he was able to bring his troops from near defeat to victory.
Arnold was probably the only man to be respected by both the British and Americans prior to 1779. Benedict Arnold was one of the best Generals that had served in the American Army.