American biography (1902) Vol- 3 The Life and Treason of Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold (January 14, 1741 [O.S. January 3, 1740 – June 14, 1801) was a general during the American Revolutionary War who originally fought for the American Continental Army but defected to the British Army. While a general on the American side, he obtained command of the fort at West Point, New York, and plotted to surrender it to the British forces. After the plot was exposed in September 1780, he was commissioned into the British Army as a brigadier general.