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Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801) to Ebenezer Foote

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08919 Author/Creator: Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 September 1780 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: From West Point, Arnold writes to a supplier asserting that "The Enemy from their Preparations seem to have some important movement in contemplation, their object may be an attack on these ports." Consequently, he requests the cattle meant for the post be expedited so that they will be well provisioned. Written at "Robinson's House."

People: Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.
Foote, Ebenezer, 1756-1829.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Continental Army, West Point (US Military Academy), Treason, Military Provisions

Sub Era: The War for Independence