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Benedict Arnold : a traitor in our midst /
Barry K. Wilson.
imprint
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.
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xvii, 271 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
077352150X :
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imprint
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.
isbn
077352150X :
catalogue key
4492920
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Barry K. Wilson, a journalist for thirty years, is a national correspondent for the Western Producer, a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and a frequent contributor to CBC Radio
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-12-01:
Benedict Arnold remains a synonym for treason to Americans. Wilson, a Canadian journalist, is likely more fair-minded than most Americans, and his account, while it sheds little new light on Arnold and fails to make use of all manuscript sources, is nonetheless a useful counterbalance to the standard accounts. He adds new wrinkles in his chapters on Arnold's attack on Quebec in 1775-76 and his residence in Saint John, New Brunswick, after the Revolution. Whatever else he was, Arnold was a first-class, brave, imaginative commander, and his march through the Maine wilderness had the chance of adding Canada to the rebel side. With even a modicum of luck he would have succeeded, but the wilderness, betrayal, and the ambivalent attitudes of the French Canadians were too much to overcome when added to British arms. After the war, after his own treason, Arnold ran businesses in New Brunswick, where, Wilson says, he was not hated by the Loyalist settlers, contrary to American historiography. Still, when he died in Britain, he left his wife deeply in debt. His descendents--one of whom still has Arnold's uniform jacket--live in Canada to this day. Most collections. J. L. Granatstein emeritus, Canadian War Museum
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Review Quotes
"An engaging book. Wilson stimulates the reader's interest and empathy in the tale which he tells forcefully and wittily. This is an accomplished piece of writing, a good and interesting read." Peter Goheen, Department of Geography, Queen's University"A very enjoyable read." Eric Ross, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Mount Allison University
"An engaging book. Wilson stimulates the reader's interest and empathy in the tale which he tells forcefully and wittily. This is an accomplished piece of writing, a good and interesting read." Peter Goheen, Department of Geography, Queen's University "A very enjoyable read." Eric Ross, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Mount Allison University
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Summaries
Main Description
While most biographies of Arnold concentrate on his revolutionary exploits and subsequent treason, Wilson explores his role in Canadian history and the routes that brought him to Canada. He takes the reader into rural Quebec in the 1760s and 1770s when Arnold toured the area as a Yankee trader and goes behind the scenes in 1775-76 when Arnold's American forces almost captured Quebec after an amazing trek through the Maine wilderness. Wilson explores Arnold's business exploits in Saint John, New Brunswick, the emerging Loyalist port town where for six years Arnold commanded an international trading network before returning to England. ; Written for those interested in unexpected tales from Canada's colourful history, Benedict Arnold follows Arnold's life from the battlefields of New England to the siege of Quebec, from the high seas to the day-to-day details of running a trading company in Saint John. Wilson offers a detailed, sometimes sympathetic, portrait of this controversial and complex man.
Main Description
While most biographies of Arnold concentrate on his revolutionary exploits and subsequent treason, Wilson explores his role in Canadian history and the routes that brought him to Canada. He takes the reader into rural Quebec in the 1760s and 1770s when Arnold toured the area as a Yankee trader and goes behind the scenes in 1775-76 when Arnold's American forces almost captured Quebec after an amazing trek through the Maine wilderness. Wilson explores Arnold's business exploits in Saint John, New Brunswick, the emerging Loyalist port town where for six years Arnold commanded an international trading network before returning to England. Written for those interested in unexpected tales from Canada's colourful history, Benedict Arnold follows Arnold's life from the battlefields of New England to the siege of Quebec, from the high seas to the day-to-day details of running a trading company in Saint John. Wilson offers a detailed, sometimes sympathetic, portrait of this controversial and complex man.
Unpaid Annotation
General, soldier, businessman, traitor: these are all words associated with the name Benedict Arnold. One of America's greatest soldiers and most reviled traitors, he was also a significant and intriguing player in Canada's history. In Benedict Arnold Barry Wilson takes a fresh look at this controversial, fascinating, and legendary figure who left behind a legacy of colorful tales, a string of descendants, and a military coat that still hangs in a Saskatchewan farmhouse.While most biographies of Arnold concentrate on his revolutionary exploits and subsequent treason, Wilson explores his role in Canadian history and the routes that brought him to Canada. He takes the reader into rural Quebec in the 1760s and 1770s when Arnold toured the area as a Yankee trader and goes behind the scenes in 1775-76 when Arnold's American forces almost captured Quebec after an amazing trek through the Maine wilderness. Wilson explores Arnold's business exploits in Saint John, New Brunswick, the emerging Loyalist port town where for six years Arnold commanded an international trading network before returning to England.Written for those interested in unexpected tales from Canada's colourful history, Benedict Arnold follows Arnold's life from the battlefields of New England to the siege of Quebec, from the high seas to the day-to-day details of running a trading company in Saint John. Wilson offers a detailed, sometimes sympathetic, portrait of this controversial and complex man.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Young Trader, Canadian Connectionsp. 3
The Rustle of Revolutionary Windsp. 18
Arnold the Revolutionaryp. 32
Preparing to Invade Canadap. 42
The March through Maine Ip. 52
The March through Maine II: America's Hannibalp. 62
Quebec Awaitsp. 78
The Battle for Quebecp. 101
Siege and Retreatp. 111
Heroics and Enemies Withinp. 130
Politics and Treasonp. 145
The Streets of Saint Johnp. 164
Born-Again Traderp. 183
Arnold vs the Lawyersp. 191
After New Brunswickp. 217
Epiloguep. 237
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 265
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