New York Military Museum Program Focuses on a Traitor Who was once a Hero

January 26 Program Explores Early Exploits of Benedict Arnold

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Benedict Arnold

LATHAM, NY (01/18/2013)(readMedia)-- Before he was a traitor, Benedict Arnold was an American hero and the New York State Military Museum and Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield will co-sponsor a program about one of his early exploits on January 26.

Presented by Revolutionary War historian and Saratoga National Battlefield seasonal ranger Larry Arnold, the talk will focus on one of Arnold's early exploits, when he raided a British fort.

The talk:" Arnold on Arnold: May 18, 1775; The Day Benedict Arnold saves America's Revolution" will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday January 26.

While Benedict Arnold is best known today for his failed plot to sell out the American Army at West Point, as well as General George Washington, Arnold was famous for his bold attacks against the British.

He led a night raid that captured Fort Ticonderoga early in the American Revolution, commanded a daring attack on Quebec City, and fought a naval battle in Lake Champlain which delayed a British attack on New York. During the Battle of Saratoga he was wounded in the leg while leading the decisive charge that captured a major British position.

Admission to the museum and the program is free. For further information you may call the museum at (518) 581-5100.