Benedict Arnold: Frustrated American Hero?

Past event
Feb 1, 2024, 1:30 to 2:30 AM

In author Jack Kelly's words,"Most Americans know one thing about Benedict Arnold: He betrayed his country." Yet unknown to many, he was one of the Continental Army's most brilliant strategists and tacticians. Held in high esteem by George Washington, what led to Arnold's act of betrayal? Kelly, author of God Save Benedict Arnold, published last month, provides detailed clarity on Arnold's life, brilliant military career and events that led to his treasonous act, in this on-line presentation.

The author and speaker provides vivid descriptions of Arnold's difficult march through the Maine wilderness en route to invade Quebec, and his leadership in several decisive battles. As Kelly explains, Arnold played a pivotal role in naval battles, the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, and the Continental Army's victory in the Battle of Saratoga, where he was wounded. He was also given command of the West Point fort by George Washington, who admired Arnold and was later heartbroken by the acts of the same man.

Jack Kelly is a noted scholar, historian and award-winning novelist. A New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, Jack has appeared on NPR, PBS, and The History Channel. He has written for national publications including the Wall Street Journal and American Heritage. Born in Western New York, he now lives and works in the Hudson Valley.

This virtual program is sponsored by the Community Senior Center on February 1 at 1:30 and is free and open to all. Join us on Google Meet at

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