In spite of his lack of respect for the chain of command, especially under men who were promoted over him, Arnold was an able officer. Massachusetts commissioned him to attack Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain.
Unfortunately for Arnold, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys received the same commission from Connecticut (Vermont was "New Connecticut" at one point in its history). Allen claimed the victory of the battle and Easton was made commander of the fort.
|Monument to Arnold's injured leg|
Arnold received a bullet to the leg during the battle of Quebec. He continued to serve, and a later victory against Burgoyne helped to convince France to come to America's aid.
What brought about his ultimate downfall was a woman. He married a wealthy heiress and attempted to maintain her in the lifestyle she was accustomed to. If that meant cheating the Continental Congress out of a few dollars. . .
|West Point during Arnold's time|
And Arnold attempted to hand it over to British, earning the name of traitor.
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