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General Benedict Arnold is a former officer in the Continental Army.

Biography

In 1777, General George Washington ordered Major Benjamin Tallmadge to take a detachment of dragoon and militia forces north to rendezvous with General Arnold as a counter-feint against the British, while Continental forces shored up their southerly defenses on the Delaware.

However, after receiving word that his father and Caleb Brewster's uncle had been held prisoner in Setauket, Major Tallmadge decided to instead lead his men to rescue their family.

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Behind the Scenes

Benedict Arnold was portrayed by Owain Yeoman in Seasons 2, 3 and 4 of Turn: Washington's Spies.

Appearances

Description

Season 2

"History knows him only as a traitor, but Arnold is seen by his contemporaries as Washington’s finest battlefield commander, the hero of the pivotal Battle of Saratoga. A soldier’s soldier, Arnold is famed for his bravery and grit, but off the battlefield he has a talent for making enemies, a trait exacerbated by his quick temper. Virile and rugged but repeatedly injured while serving his country, he is passed over for promotion in favor of less talented men, one of a series of slights that leaves him justifiably embittered. Denied battlefield glory while he recuperates from his wounds, Arnold takes refuge in his personal life, particularly his dogged romantic pursuit of Peggy Shippen."
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Season 3

"Arnold is a soldier, famed for his bravery and grit, and regarded by Washington as his finest battlefield commander. We meet him as the hero of Saratoga, a staunch defender of his Command-in-Chief, and a mentor of sorts to Ben Tallmadge. Over the course of Season Two, however, Arnold became embittered, feeling slighted by a country for which he has sacrificed so much of his fortune and health. Denied a return to the battlefield by Washington because of his wounds, Arnold is relegated to a desk job as military commandant of Philadelphia, where he renews his acquaintance with the alluring Peggy Shippen. He forces her father to acquiesce to his proposal of marriage or lose Arnold's protection. Unbeknownst to Arnold of course, Peggy's interest is designed to bring him into contact with John André."
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Season 4

"Famed for his bravery and grit, Arnold was regarded by Washington as his finest battlefield commander. He was the hero of Saratoga, a staunch defender of his commander-in-chief, and a mentor of sorts to Ben Tallmadge. Over the course of Season 2, however, Arnold felt slighted by a country for which he had sacrificed so much of his fortune and health. Denied a return to the battlefield by Washington because of his wounds, Arnold was relegated to a desk job as military commandant of Philadelphia, where he renewed his acquaintance with the alluring Peggy Shippen. Unbeknownst to Arnold, Peggy's interest was designed to bring him into contact with John André, whom she hoped to wed. In Season 3, Arnold conspired with André to turn West Point over to the British but was found out and forced to flee, reviled by the patriots for his betrayal and by his fellow Redcoat officers for getting André caught and hanged. Arnold goes on a rampage in Season 4, rounding up suspected spies along with innocent men and women. Eager to command a regiment of his own, he's finally given the funds to raise the Loyal American Legion to fight his nemesis General Washington. A brilliant military strategist, Arnold is keen to remind his former commander of his prowess on the battlefield."
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