An American military officer who served as a general during the American Revolutionary War, fighting for the American Continental Army before defecting to the British in 1780. General George Washington had given him his fullest trust and placed him in command of the fortifications at West Point, New York. Arnold planned to surrender the fort to British forces, but the plot was discovered in September 1780 and he fled to the British. His name quickly became a byword in the United States for treason and betrayal because he led the British army in battle against the very men whom he had once commanded.
10 1/2 x 8, engraving. Treason Of Arnold. Arnold Persuades Andre To Conceal The Papers In His Boot. From the original picture in possession of the Publishers. Johnson, Fry & Co. Publishers, New York. 1857. Light age toning and wear. Very prominent historical figure in American history.