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Untold Stories from the Birth of a Nation

Turncoats, nefarious plots and intense sea battles: you’ve never read anything like this!


Dear Fellow History Enthusiast,

The American Revolution sure wasn’t what it was cracked up to be.

More than just a series of decisive battles and military victories, the American Revolutionary War was a massive political transformation that took eighteen years to fully realize. There’s much more to the story besides the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill and Washington crossing the Delaware.

And at Warfare History Network, we strive to give you those untold stories.

This very special free briefing on the Revolutionary War contains stories you’ve likely never heard. By the time you put it down, I guarantee you’ll never view our War for Independence the same way ever again.

There’s much more to the Revolutionary War besides the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill and Washington crossing the Delaware.

Benedict Arnold… Yankee Hero?

Our free briefing starts by taking you to a fall morning in 1776, three months after the Colonials declared their independence. Brigadier General Benedict Arnold begins to pace restlessly on board his flagship, Congress.

Arnold was waiting for word that the British were finally on the move near Lake Champlain. Sometime between 7 and 8 that morning, the schooner Revenge reported solid but troubling intelligence: the British, initially quiet, were now sailing down the lake in full force.

This was at least two years before Arnold stated entertaining thoughts about changing sides. When he heard the news, he readily anticipated taking some decisive action, and winning fresh laurels for himself and his country.

His enthusiasm, however, was short-lived. Arnold soon met with Brig. Gen. David Waterbury, his second in command.

As you’ll learn, the Americans were extremely outnumbered by the British. Their own ragtag rebel fleet, 15 vessls in all, were currently sheltered in a channel near Valcour Island. Waterbury feared that in addition to their poor numbers, the channel was a potential trap—once the British learned of their whereabouts, their fleet would be quickly overwhelmed and destroyed.

“General Arnold,” Waterbury said, “I urge you to come to sail and fight them on a retreat in the main lake.”

Would Arnold heed his second in command’s advice?

Inside, you’ll learn all about Arnold’s daring plan that successfully held off the mighty British Navy, and selflessly bought precious time for the desperate Patriots.

We’ve all heard about Arnold becoming a turncoat—now learn all about his accolades at the start of the Revolutionary War inside our special briefing, absolutely free.

James Wilkinson: Scoundrel of American History

Of course, along with Arnold, Aaron Burr stands out in American History as one of its quintessential villains. In addition to killing Alexander Hamilton in their famous duel, he later plotted an insurrection to form a separate country in the American Southwest.

But Burr wasn’t a lone conspirator; he had allies whom he would rely upon to carry out his nefarious activities.

Our second story in Profiles of the Revolutionary War focuses on James Wilkinson, one of Burr’s main accomplices. Did you know that while Wilkinson was serving as an officer in the American Army, he acted as a secret agent for the Spanish government, who designated him “Agent 13”?

As a veteran of the Quebec campaign along with Arnold, Wilkinson was a student of medicine and came from a well-to-do merchant family in Maryland. How did he become such a scoundrel? As you’ll read in our free briefing, Wilkinson had a knack for always being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Quebec campaign foundered when the British threw 8,000 men onto the field, and after the defeat, Wilkinson served under General Horatio Gates in 1776. Then he became involved in yet another fiasco at Fort Ticonderoga.

It was soon after this second defeat that Wilkinson became involved in a plot by several other officers to overthrow General George Washington, known as the Conway Cabal.

The plot failed of course, and after the war, Wilkinson moved to present-day Louisville, Kentucky, to enjoy a large plot of land away from the more settled regions of Colonial America. But before heading west, Wilkinson began a secret correspondence with Aaron Burr, and once again began plotting.

What did he and Burr agree to? How long did Wilkinson play double agent for the Spanish before finally being found out? The answer will likely surprise you, and it’s all told here in our free briefing.

There’s much more to the Revolutionary War besides the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill and Washington crossing the Delaware.

Paul Revere… Incompetent Colonel?

Our third story takes you to 1779: the American Revolution had been under way for more than three years, and at this point, there was no end in sight. British High Command in London had just conceived a new military strategy designed to supply its twice-failed attempt to sever New England from the rest of the American colonies. This would entail taking the fight into the Carolinas and into Georgia, where southern loyalists and friendly Indians would provide the Crown much needed support for its army and navy.

The first step in this plan was to establish a military base on the northeastern coast of America, between Boston and the Canadian border. The British Navy had its eyes on Penobscot Bay in Maine.

Of course, the Colonials had no intention of handing over the bay to the British. However, despite some gallant fighting, their counter-offensive was rife with problems. Without exception, every American vessel involved in the Penobscot Expedition were captured, scuttled or burned. American sailors and soldiers who had fled into the woods without food or supplies were forced to embark on a grueling four- to six-week trudge through unforgiving wilderness back to Boston. In the end, 16 warships were burned, including 13 warships and the Americans suffered 474 casualties.

Upon receiving the news of this terrible defeat, the General Court promptly started casting the blame at those involved.

..Would you believe that one of the scapegoats the Court implicated was one of America’s most famous heroes?

Because of his position as leader of the artillery train on the Penobscot Expedition under Gen. Solomon Lovell, Revere was relieved of his command and placed under house arrest shortly after returning to Boston. Serious charges of misconduct, including “disobedience of orders and unsoldierlike behavior tending to cowardice” were lodged against him by Marine Captain Thomas J. Carnes and Brig. Gen. Peleg Wadsworth. An inquiry in November 1779 found Revere to be guilty of culpable behavior.

How did Revere regain his reputation? As you’ll read in our free briefing, it had very little to do with military matters.

At Warfare History Network, we strive to bring you the whole story behind the key events that shaped the world. You’ve likely heard all about Benedict Arnold’s traitorous history, Aaron Burr’s secret scheming and Paul Revere’s famous ride. But after reading these three stories, we’re hoping you’ll develop a new appreciation for these iconic figures in American History. Best of all, they’re absolutely free. What are you waiting for? Download your free copy of Profiles in the Revolutionary War and acquaint yourself with the untold stories of Colonial America.



Carl Gnam
Owner, Warfare History Network

P.S. What do you think? Should Benedict Arnold’s full war record be taken into account when judged in the history books? Does Revere still deserve his widespread acclaim as an American hero? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Dan
    Posted June 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Benedict Arnold was a great general and tactician. His contribution to our nation should not be forgotten no matter what happened later.

  2. Jim Sparks
    Posted August 23, 2014 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Benedict Arnold was initially a great American Patriot sacrificing his wealth and putting his life on the line for this country on numerous occasions. He lost use of his leg due to an injury received at Saratoga leading a charge that eventually broke the back of the British attack at that battle. At the time of the charge he had been relieved of command by Gates for disobeying orders. Gates got credit for the win but it was Arnold and Morgan that were the true orchestras of the victory.
    After spending all of his money in support of the Revolution he was betrayed by Congress by not being reimbursed. In charge of the Philadelphia area he was charged by others of corruption and eventually reluctantly censored by Washington. Betrayed by the country he so loved his anger forced him into a betrayal that he paid for throughout the rest of his life. He died in England despised and not a wealthy man.
    In life Benedict Arnold paid for his treason. In his death he should be immortalized as a true patriot who was betrayed by the country he loved the most.

  3. Mokrzycki Thomas J
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    A traitor is a traitor is a traitor. Of course his contributions should be acknowledged, after all history is history.

  4. bruce
    Posted January 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    General Arnold was clearly an inspiring and dynamic leader and a brilliant front-line officer. We cannot know if he would have developed into an outstanding commander, because he was denied that opportunity. He lacked Washington’s ability to work productively with politicians and those of equal military rank, and that would have probably limited his success. He deserves full marks for Saratoga, and many of his problems were more the fault of the civil authorities, but, though he had legitimate grievances, his plan to betray West Point was a betrayal of his oath and of what was, warts and all, a great cause, a cause that benefited humanity. For that betrayal, he has been justly condemned. It is unfair that he has not been honoured for Saratoga, but he should be remembered as one who, after significant achievements, turned against his better nature to reject the cause of Washington, Jefferson and Franklin.

  5. Posted April 8, 2016 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I do agree that Arnold should be considered American Patriot and a hero. Washington admired him and called him his fighting General.
    Even as it is today, Congress wants tp walk away from their obligations to the American people.
    I was also amazed that they refused to honor paying Benjamin Franklin Franklin debt that he accrued in France and only Philadelphia gave him a heroes welcome.
    I think even today we see similar patterns in Congress. Look how they try to ignore our returning injured troops.
    They vote for wars but run away from their obligations.
    I don’t think we won the revolutionary war as much as the British Parliament lost it and they aren’t much better than our Congress.
    It’s always about money and power.
    Arnold was mismanaged in so many ways and Congress should as of today hang their heads in shame.
    Even Jefferson knew that, and he didn’t even want to put it on his tombstone that he was President of the United States.

    Posted May 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Benedict Arnold is a great and complex enema. His inconsistencies and personality quirks make him and one of the most interesting (and controversially) characters in early American history. Without him, there would most likely NOT BE a Umited States of America. He was EVERYWHERE in the Northern Campaign, twice seriously wounded and crippled. Congress refused to reimburse him for serious money he advanced to keep the various campaigns going.. He won many battles (even as an admiral on Lake George at Valcor Island. He “turned the tide of the Battle at Saratoga & Bemis Heights. He took Ft. Ticonderoga, and with it, captured the cannons that were dragged some 350 miles on sleds to Boston and set u atop Dorchester Heights, that forced the British and their fleet to sail out. . Washington regarded him as a son. After success after success in the North did Congress (without consulting Washington) name “Granny Green as the commander of the Southern Campaign. Had it NOT been for Arnold, Green might have lost the critical Battle of Saratoga. So, Arnold was understandably dispirited when Green was named in preference to him, given his record, compared with that of the inept Green 1 as Congress learned the hard way shortly thereafter at the Battle of Camden, SC, where Green “took off”, leaving his army to their fate.

    So, while I certainly do not excuse Arnold’s traitorous actions at West Point and thereafter serving in the British Army (as a Brigadier), his earlier role as a Super-Patriot and contributions to U.S. Independence should not be forgotten by a true historian of the Revolutionary War. He was a brilliant tactician and a brave soldier. He took 2 bullets for the cause. In my book, that makes him a Patriot. That needs to be remembered and balanced with his anomalous and totally inconsistent behavior thereafter, which is what most people remember about him. He had a complex personality, a man of complex contradictions, and a “good study” of him is worth the reading.

    Posted May 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Make that “Granny” Gates – not Green. My error. JSH

  8. mea mark
    Posted April 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    as to Arnold, you should go to the Saratoga monument, take the stairs to the top and see how well the issue was handled. This is one of the places that you have to have been there to understand the extraordinary profiling of the Issues of Arnold being the Combat victor who betrayed the American Rebellion he, Arnold, likely kept on the map and in the field to begin with.
    As to Paul Revere, the premo committee of letters courier in the lead up to the rebellion and a lead in the mid night [though unfinished] ride to alert the people around and in Lexington and Concord… as an Officer, Revere just did not have the right stuff : training – temperament – inspirational elan’ to be a successful military commander. This is not a denigration of Revere, neither did Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Hancock, and so on….
    The one historic sight we need to establish is the rooting hulks of the prisoner of war ships anchored in the Bay… to my knowledge, there were no American soldiers who took the British up on their offer to release anyone who would serve in the British Fleet… as I recall, the death toll among the unrepentant Rebel prisoners exceeded the battle filed deaths of the American Army and militia.

    Enjoy this day. Those are the people who created Our, the American, Constitutional republic.

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