Arnold was a descendant of John Lothropp through his maternal grandmother, an ancestor of six presidents.
Through his maternal grandmother, Arnold was a descendant of John Lothroppan ancestor of at least six U. When he was ten, Arnold was enrolled in a private school in nearby Canterburywith the expectation that he would eventually attend Yale.
However, the deaths of his siblings two years later may have contributed to a decline in the family fortunes, since his father took up drinking.
By the time he was fourteen, there was no money for private education. The French had besieged Fort William Henryand their Indian allies had committed atrocities after their victory. His father was arrested on several occasions for public drunkenness, was refused communion by his church and eventually died in In he repaid money borrowed from the Lathrops,  repurchased the family homestead that his father had sold when deeply in debt, and re-sold it a year later for a substantial profit.
In he formed a partnership with Adam Babcock, another young New Haven merchant. Using the profits from the sale of his homestead, they bought three trading ships and established a lucrative West Indies trade.
During this time, he brought his sister Hannah to New Haven and established her in his apothecary to manage the business in his absence. He traveled extensively in the course of his business, throughout New England and from Quebec to the West Indies, often in command of one of his own ships.
Arnold was convicted of a disorderly conduct charge and fined the relatively small amount of 50 shillings; publicity of the case and widespread sympathy for his view probably contributed to the light sentence. Arnold benefited from his relationship with Mansfield, who became a partner in his business and used his position as sheriff to shield Arnold from creditors.
Following the outbreak of hostilities at Lexington and Concord the following month, his company marched northeast to assist in the siege of Boston that followed. Arnold proposed to the Massachusetts an action to seize Fort Ticonderoga in New York, which he knew was poorly defended.
When a Connecticut militia force arrived at Ticonderoga in June, Arnold had a dispute with its commander over control of the fort, and resigned his Massachusetts commission.
He was on his way home from Ticonderoga when he learned that his wife had died earlier in June. Arnold then went to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and suggested to George Washington a second expedition to attack Quebec City via a wilderness route through present-day Maine. After a difficult passage in which men turned back and another died en route, Arnold arrived before Quebec City in November.
Arnold, who was promoted to brigadier general for his role in reaching Quebec, maintained an ineffectual siege of the city until he was replaced by Major General David Wooster in April He presided over the rear of the Continental Army during its retreat from Saint-Jean, where he was reported by James Wilkinson to be the last person to leave before the British arrived.
He then directed the construction of a fleet to defend Lake Champlain, which was overmatched and defeated in the October Battle of Valcour Island.
However, his actions at Saint-Jean and Valcour Island played a notable role in delaying the British advance against Ticonderoga until Military career of Benedict Arnold, General Horatio Gates led the forces at Saratoga portrait by Gilbert Stuart—94 General Washington assigned Arnold to the defense of Rhode Island following the British seizure of Newport in Decemberwhere the militia were too poorly equipped to even consider an attack on the British.
Washington refused his offer to resign, and wrote to members of Congress in an attempt to correct this, noting that "two or three other very good officers" might be lost if they persisted in making politically motivated promotions.
Sillimanhe organized the militia response. In the Battle of Ridgefieldhe led a small contingent of militia attempting to stop or slow the British return to the coast, and was again wounded in his left leg. Arnold continued on to Philadelphia, where he met with members of Congress about his rank. Washington refused his resignation and ordered him north to assist with the defense there.
On August 13 Schuyler dispatched him with a force of to relieve the siege of Fort Stanwixwhere he succeeded in the use of a ruse to lift the siege. Leger with news that the approaching force was much larger and closer than it actually was; this convinced St. He was again severely wounded in the left leg late in the fighting.
Arnold himself said it would have been better had it been in the chest instead of the leg. He returned to the army at Valley Forge in May to the applause of men who had served under him at Saratoga.The military career of Benedict Arnold in and covers many of the military actions that occurred in the northernmost Thirteen Colonies early in the American Revolutionary War.
Arnold began the war as a captain in Connecticut 's militia, a position to which he was elected in March Benedict Arnold was different: a military hero for both sides in the same war.
He began his career as an American Patriot in May , when he and Ethan Allen led the brigade that captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain.
Benedict Arnold was born on January 14, , in Norwich, Connecticut.
He was one of only two of his mother's eleven children to survive into adulthood. His mother had been a prosperous widow before marrying Arnold's father, a skybox2008.com: Jun 14, Watch video · Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on January 14, Arnold's father was a successful businessman and young Benedict was educated in private schools.
Following the deaths of three of his children from yellow fever, Benedict Sr. began to drink heavily, and fell on difficult financial times.
Oct 27, · Watch video · Benedict Arnold () was an early American hero of the Revolutionary War () who later became one of the most infamous traitors in U.S.
history after he switched sides and fought for. Biography: Where did Benedict Arnold grow up? Benedict Arnold grew up in Norwich city in the American colony of Connecticut.
He had five brothers and sisters, however, all but one sister died from yellow fever at a young age.
In a brief historiography, Malcolm points to Jared Sparks’s biography, “The Life and Treason of Benedict Arnold,” as setting “the tone for this wholesale blackening of Arnold’s. Mount Vernon had the chance to sit down with James Kirby Martin, author of Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered (order online), and Cullen University Professor of history at the University of Houston, to discuss the heroism and treachery of Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary skybox2008.comees: Biography: Where did Benedict Arnold grow up? Benedict Arnold grew up in Norwich city in the American colony of Connecticut. He had five brothers and sisters, however, all but one sister died from yellow fever at a young age. Benedict's father was a successful businessman, but .
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