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Latest Benedict Arnold Items
Each year, Flag Day takes place on June 14, the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress officially issued the U.S. flag.
A new exhibit on display at the Slater Memorial Museum is the latest effort to bring heightened visibility to a subject Norwich has deliberately ignored for centuries.
Benedict Arnold certainly would recognize the truth in Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" line, "Some people claim there's a woman to blame." In Arnold's case, that woman was his wife, the beautiful, headstrong and ultimately treacherous Peggy Shippen. In the traditional history of Arnold's treasonous defection to the British in our War of Independence, Peggy is treated as an ill-starred but largely innocent footnote.
In the early history of the United States, the names of two "might-have-beens" stand out. Each fought bravely in the American Revolution, though each was hamstrung by vanity, easily hurt feelings and a deep-seated rage against those men they considered ungrateful for services rendered.
Benedict Arnold is a hero again, at least temporarily, at two upstate New York historic sites where his pre-treason exploits are being remembered.
The public is getting a rare opportunity to see some of New York state's most significant artifacts, including the documents that first exposed Benedict Arnold as a traitor and an original handwritten draft of George Washington's Farewell Address.