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         During the second battle of Saratoga (i.e. The Battle of Bemis Heights), as the Patriot assault on a major British redoubt began to falter, Benedict Arnold rode into the fray and rallied the men under General Gates. He led them to victory over the British and, despite being seriously wounded, achieved a major victory that won the battle and forced the British under Burgoyne to surrender. It was only because of his being rebuked by the delegates in Continental Congress for exploiting his activities in the military for personal gain that he made the decision to negotiate with British agents for the 'sale' of West Point. That was the basis for his being labeled a 'traitor.'

"General Benedict Arnold Wounded at the Battle of Saratoga, New York" by the American School
Bridgeman Art Library, Berlin, Germany

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