Save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. Benedict Arnold: "The Blackest Treason" Betrayal and Loyalty in the American RevolutionEvening Program on Zoom Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET Code: 1H0581 Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text remove add Treason of Arnold depicts Benedict Arnold (left) persuading John André to conceal papers in his boot, 1874; engraving by C.F. Blauvelt (Library of Congress) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The name Benedict Arnold is virtually a definition of a traitor and was no less so during the American Revolution. Alexander Hamilton spared no sympathy toward the Continental Army general's spying for the British, calling it “the blackest treason” he could imagine. The most famous turncoat in American history, Arnold was a skilled officer in George Washington’s Continental Army who led patriot forces to several important victories over the British, including the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. But while in command at West Point in 1780, Arnold began secretly communicating with British intelligence agents, giving them inside information, not just about the fort and its defenses, but about American strategy for the war. When a British spy named John André was captured, Arnold’s treachery was discovered. A manhunt ensued, but Arnold made it to the safety of a British ship only to return to the field of battle wearing a British uniform. He led brutal attacks on patriot civilian communities in Virginia and Connecticut throughout 1781. The question of course is why did he do this? Richard Bell associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, reconstructs the life and times of Benedict Arnold, the reasons for this treason, and the larger problems of betrayal and desertion that dogged the Continental Army throughout the war. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.