|In this photo:
RING said to have been the engagement ring from Benedict Arnold
to Betsey Deblois in 1778. Arnold broke this engagement after
meeting Peggy Shippen, whom he married in 1779. After escaping
to the British in New York City, the Arnolds sailed to England
||On loan from the collection of:
||--Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA
PORTRAIT (reproduction) of the wife and child of Benedict Arnold
Man Without A Country
MAJOR GENERAL BENEDICT ARNOLD was a true Revolutionary
hero of Quebec, Ticonderoga, and Saratoga. But after he married
Philadelphia socialite, Peggy Shippen, he became deeply in debt.
After Arnold was appointed commander of West Point
in 1780, Peggy persuaded her husband to meet with British Major
John André, who paid thousands of pounds sterling for the
complete plans of the fortress. On André's return trip to
New York City, however, the papers were discovered in his boot.
An alert was sent to General Washington as well as to West Point's
commander, Benedict Arnold, who of course fled to the British lines!
John André swung from the gallows, paying with
his life for Arnold's treason. Benedict Arnold became a British
general but was never fully trusted, and the Arnolds lived the next
20 years in London, despised by Americans and ignored by Englishmen.