Thursday, May 16, 2013

A sketch that started out as Washington and ended up as Benedict Arnold. Fascinating guy, that Benedict. Brilliant, charismatic, paranoid and maybe even a little bipolar. Pretty much saved the nation with his courage and grit during the Battle of Saratoga. Then tossed that all into the gutter when he decided that he was not being given his due as a hero and sold out to the British in a big, big way- he was to give the keys to West Point (where he was Commandant), the fortress that held the most important water way in the northeast, AND deliver George Washington in the bargain. All this for a nicer uniform, a title and cash. From all accounts he died a very unhappy expat in London. However, none of this can take away from his efforts in Saratoga and Canada. A brilliant being. Pen&Ink, 2010.

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