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American Revolution: Key Military Figures
Benedict Arnold Handing John Andre Papers
Benedict Arnold (1741-1801, on the left), an American officer who shifted his allegiances to Britain, handing papers to his British contact Major John Andre. Andre was later captured and Arnold's betrayal exposed.
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