Benedict Arnold's Leadership During The Revolutionary War

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Over the course of the Revolutionary War, the Americans had many great leaders. Although Benedict Arnold began as a valiant leader, eventually his name would become synonymous with betrayal. Arnold was a hot-tempered man who made some great contributions to the American victory in the Revolutionary war, but in the end he chose to defect to the British due to hurt pride, a loyalist wife, and a desire for revenge on those he felt had wronged him. The young Benedict Arnold had a great physical strength. Nonetheless, having this attribute did not help his love of combat. Lauran Paine states: “He was quick to anger, frequently unreasoning in his animosities, reckless, impatient, [and] capable of violent hatreds” (14). Because of his interest…show more content…
It all began with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. Arnold had gotten permission for power from the Massachusetts legislature, but the soldiers under Ethan Allen refused to serve anyone but their said leader. Arnold often felt great anger over this battle for power, and he grew increasingly irritated with the American army. However, during this period, he did loyally serve his country by fighting bravely and boldly. For example, when he and his troops had evacuated Crown Point and retreated to Ticonderoga, he led them quickly to the fort in order to escape an ambush from the Indian tribe. After defending Fort Ticonderoga against the British leader General Carleton, his reputation improved. “By the display of so much courage and gallantry in times of peril, and by his superior address in deceiving and defying an enemy so much his superior in all particulars, Arnold’s name was passed over the country with accompaniments of the highest praise” (Hill 128). In spite of his good reputation, late in the winter of 1776-77 Arnold began to feel anger over his lack of power in the Army. Congress had advanced five officers to Major-Generals, while he was passed by without any public notice, and left with his old rank of brigadier (Hill 130-131). The book Benedict Arnold describes his feelings toward this: “[The five men] had never rendered such a brilliant service as he, nor done a fraction of what he had done to inspire the minds of the soldiers with enthusiasm”
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