Finally! The Story of Benedict Arnold!
The History Twins podcast is currently covering “This Man’s A Spy!,” Carla and Keyes’ musical retelling of the treasonous plot between American General Benedict Arnold and British Major John Andre during the American Revolutionary War.
In this episode the focus is on General Benedict Arnold, American Commander of West Point, as well as his wife Peggy Shippen, whose family was loyal to the Crown. Together they conspired with Major Andre to betray the American side.
Before his defection, General Benedict Arnold was said to be one of the best, if not the best, battlefield commanders in the America’s Continental Army during the early years of the Revolutionary War.
On multiple occasions, Arnold sustained several battle wounds, and one leg was slightly longer than another. He had a limp and walked with a cane. He led The Battle of Saratoga, which persuaded the French to join the American Revolution, and received little to no recognition for his heroism and exploits.
As Arnold healed from The Battle of Saratoga, Washington appointed him as Military Governor of Philadelphia after the British evacuated the city.
He met and courted the beautiful Peggy Shippen, a socialite from a Loyalist family. Some believe that she had been courted by British Major John Andre when the British had occupied Philadelphia.
After overcoming Peggy Shippen’s father’s resistance to the match, Benedict and Peggy married. As Arnold healed, he lobbied with George Washington to place him in charge of West Point.
On September 20, 1780, Benedict Arnold met British Major John Andre in Haverstraw, NY to hand over the plans to West Point, and their lives were forever changed.
Only in the 1930’s was it discovered that Peggy Shippen passed encrypted notes between Benedict Arnold and John Andre.
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