Benedict Arnold's Army: The 1775 American Invasion of Canada During the Revolutionary War

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A brilliant American combat officer and this country's most famous traitor, Benedict Arnold is one of the most fascinating and complicated people to emerge from American history. His contemporaries called Arnold "the American Hannibal" after he successfully led more than 1,000 men through the savage Maine wilderness in 1775. The objective of Arnold and his heroic corps was the fortress city of Quebec, the capital of British-held Canada. The epic campaign is the subject of Benedict Arnold's Army, a fascinating ...
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Benedict Arnold's Army: The 1775 American Invasion of Canada During the Revolutionary War

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A brilliant American combat officer and this country's most famous traitor, Benedict Arnold is one of the most fascinating and complicated people to emerge from American history. His contemporaries called Arnold "the American Hannibal" after he successfully led more than 1,000 men through the savage Maine wilderness in 1775. The objective of Arnold and his heroic corps was the fortress city of Quebec, the capital of British-held Canada. The epic campaign is the subject of Benedict Arnold's Army, a fascinating campaign to bring Canada into the war as the 14th colony.

The initiative for the assault came from George Washington who learned that a fast moving detachment could surprise Quebec by following a chain of rivers and lakes through the Maine wilderness. Washington picked Col. Benedict Arnold, an obscure and controversial Connecticut officer, to command the corps who signed up for the secret mission.

Arnold believed that his expedition would reach Quebec City in twenty days. The route turned out to be 270 miles of treacherous rapids, raging waterfalls, and trackless forests that took months to traverse. At times Arnold's men were up to their waists in freezing water dragging and pushing their clumsy boats through surging rapids and hauling them up and over waterfalls. In one of the greatest exploits in American military history, Arnold led his famished corps through the early winter snow, up and over the Appalachian Mountains, and on to Quebec.

Benedict Arnold's Army covers a largely unknown but important period of Arnold's life. Award-winning author Arthur Lefkowitz provides important insights into Arnold's character during the earliest phase of his militarycareer, showing his aggressive nature, need for recognition, experience as a competitive businessman, and his obsession with honor that started him down the path to treason.

Lefkowitz extensively researched Arnold's expedition and made numerous trips along the same route that Arnold's army took. Benedict Arnold's Army also contains a closing chapter with detailed information and maps for readers who wish to follow the expedition's route from the coast of Maine to Quebec City.

There is a growing interest in the Founding Fathers and the Revolutionary War as a source of national pride and identity and the Arnold Expedition as told through Benedict Arnold's Army is one of the greatest adventure stories in American history.
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Midwest Book Review
. . . highly recommended to American History shelves and anyone who would want to learn more about this enigmatic figure of American History.
John R. Magweb.com
. . . In short, BENEDICT ARNOLD'S ARMY is brilliant. The prose sparkles, the research shines, and the historical fog enveloping this obscure expedition lifts to reveal the military gamble across a barely-charted wilderness... hard to put down.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932714036
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,097,822
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur S. Lefkowitz lives in central New Jersey
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction     xv
Benedict Arnold Was Never a Laggard in the Path of Ambition     1
The Distance and the Difficulties of the Way Were much Underestimated     21
King Neptune Raised his Taxes Without the Least Difficulty Where King George Had Failed     55
All About Them Stood the Forest Primeval, Dark, Silent and Mysterious     89
The Sky Looked Down Through the Dense Forest... Upon a Broad Arrow Struck Through its Very Heart     115
A Direful Howling Wilderness Not Describable     131
All Regard for Order Lost     153
The Heartrending Entreaties of the Sick and Helpless     173
Beyond the River the Beautiful City of Quebec, Hemmed in by her Lofty Precipices     217
The Very Flower of the Colonial Youth     261
Following the Trail of the Arnold Expedition     273
Notes     277
Bibliography     354
Index     364
Illustrations
Maps
The Arnold Expedition: Fort Western to the Great Carry     99
The Arnold Expedition: The Great Carry to Lake Megantic     116
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2009

    Benedict Arnold's Army by Arthur S. Lefkowitz

    I purchased this book as a gift for my husbend. He is enjoying the discriptions of the journey these men made though Maine. The book is very detailed with maps and discriptions of the area. We live in Maine and have been to many of the places discribed in the book making it all the more interesting to us. I highly recomend this book.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Benedict Arnold's exploits in the Revolutionary War

    Before Benedict Arnold turned traitor, he was a highly-regarded officer in the American Army. Having risen to the rank of colonel, he had caught the eye of George Washington. Arnold was having a significant role in the defense of the northern boundaries of the rebellious colonies to keep British forces from invading from Canada. Washington selected Arnold to lead part of American forces on an invasion of Canada to remove this threat of British invasion and possibly bring the British possession over to the American side. General Montgomery was to lead the other major part of the American forces. Montgomery would go up the Hudson for an attack on fortified Quebec. Arnold was to lead his force through Maine mainly along the Kennebec River to meet up with Montgomery for the attack. Arnold did eventually meet up with Montgomery, but not before an arduous trek through the Maine wilderness which weakened and demoralized his men. The delay in reaching Quebec also upset the timing of the planned attack. By the time the American forces joined together, the British were able to repulse the assault on Quebec. They had learned of the advance of the American forces and strengthened the defenses of the city. The invasion of Quebec was disastrous, though not fatal to the American cause. Montgomery was killed in the assault. Arnold's reputation suffered, so it wasn't long before he went over to the British. Author of three previous books on the American Revolutionary War, the independent scholar Lefkowitz relates this major, though failed, episode in the Revolutionary War in an engrossing manner that never flags despite its detail as the details are colorful as well as informative. In many cases, the details are revealing as well with respect to Arnold's attributes and character. Readers of popular history could not find a better account of the Arnold expedition and especially the maneuvering leading up to the attack on Quebec and the attack itself. Welcome too is the series of 10 maps such readers can refer to to follow the tale.

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