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Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes: The Lives of the Extraordinary Patriots Who Followed Arnold to Canada at the Start of the American Revolution Hardcover – January 19, 2013
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Author Lefkowitz spends a good deal of time, as the title suggests, providing information on those who served under Arnold such as Henry Dearborn (Dearborn, Michigan) and Daniel Morgan. Some of them went on to live long lives while others experienced misfortune. Most of these men the author speaks about I have never heard of and perhaps it's time we did. I have to admit I found this part of the book to be somewhat of a struggle.
Arnold's act of betrayal is covered in detail along with the capture of Major Andre near Tarrytown, New York. I wasn't aware of the plot to kidnap Arnold and have him returned to Washington's army to be hanged. If Arnold had been killed at Quebec or Saratoga he would have gone down in history as one of America's greatest patriots. There was absolutely no doubting Arnold's bravery and determination. However, his disappointment in feeling neglected involving military promotions led to anger and frustration and a belief he was above everyone else. His mentor was General Richard Montgomery who was killed at Quebec. Had Montgomery lived perhaps he would have been able to steer Arnold in the right direction since Arnold gladly accepted his subservient role to Montgomery.
For those interested in learning more about Benedict Arnold this book is a worthy addition to your library.
"Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes" is an easy and informative read.
Benedict Arnold is one of America's greatest enigmas. A hero and a traitor, a magnificent yet temperamental leader, Arnold continues to intrigue us long after many of his nemesises have been forgotten. His leadership abilities have rarely been disputed. This book's intention is to capture the achievements of Benedict Arnold's men after they left Quebec.
Arthur Lefkowitz has utilized both fresh primary documents and familiar secondary sources to craft his study. Footnotes at the bottom of each page are rarely seen today, but here they are a welcome help to the curious reader.
His passion for the topic is most evident when he describes the horrific slog Arnold's men made to Canada and their experiences in Quebec's Dauphine Prison. The book comes alive in those chapters.
There is so much interesting material presented in this book that the stories of Arnold's men begin to blurr together. A simple colophon or subtitle added by the graphic designer, clearly indicating the beginning and end of each soldier's account, would have been a useful scaffolding tool.
I hope the editors will encourage Arthur Lefkowitz to write more about the two "biggies" featured in this book, the always interesting and intrepid Daniel Morgan, and Aaron Burr. The connections and parallels between Arnold and Burr would make a great next book for Lefkowitz.
'On September 21, 1775, Benedict Arnold set out with some 1,100 Patriot troops to follow the Kennebec River through the wilderness of Maine to Quebec, as part of a coordinated American strategy to capture the fortress-city. Only about 650 of the troops made it by November 9th, the rest having deserted, died, or fallen ill and been left behind. More men were lost during the attempt to storm the city at Midnight on December 31st and in the winter siege and retreat that followed. Lefkowitz, author of several works on the Revolutionary War, who correctly dubs these men “a company of heroes,” does an excellent job of discussing the organization, course, and failure of the expedition. But he doesn’t stop there. Lefkowitz follows Arnold and his men through the war and beyond into the years that followed, during which a surprising number of them attained some distinction, nearly a dozen rising to general rank and others to high judicial or political office. This is a book worth reading not only for those interested in the military side of the Revolution, but also in American life and society during the formative years of the Republic.'
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Arthur S. Lefkowitz performs an amazing act of scholarship by researching and deftly reporting on the lives of the men who marched with Arnold on the failed Quebec expedition. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mimi Coffey
Unlike most Revolutionary history books, the author does not limit the story to Washington's army. Following the officers and men of Arnold's Expedition into Canada throughout... Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Charles R. Heckman
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Benedict Arnold has become a metaphor for traitor, a legend for treachery. Read more