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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 16:32:13 EDT
Benedict Arnold was the best general in the Continental Army!
"Without Benedict Arnold in the first three years of the war," says the
historian George Neumann, "we would probably have lost the Revolution." In
1775, the future traitor came within a whisker of conquering Canada. In 1776, he
built a fleet and fought a bigger British fleet to a standstill on Lake
Champlain. At Saratoga in 1777, his brilliant battlefield leadership forced the
British army to surrender. The victory persuaded the French to join the war on
the American side. Ironically, Arnold switched sides in 1780 partly because he
disapproved of the French alliance.