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Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801) [Proclamation to officers and soldiers of the Continental Army]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07701 Author/Creator: Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801) Place Written: New York Type: Broadsides Date: 20 October 1780 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Full title as follows, "A Proclamation to the Officers and Soldiers of the Continental Army who have the real Interest of their Country at Heart, and who are determined to be no longer the Tools and Dupes of Congress, or of France." An appeal to American soldiers to join the British Army and advance the cause of "Union with Britain, and true American Liberty." "Friends, fellow soldiers, and citizens, arouse, and judge for yourselves - reflect on what you have lost - consider to what you are reduced, and by your courage repel the ruin the still threatens you." With various monetary calculations on verso.

People: Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Treason, Continental Army, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Propaganda, Revolutionary War, Military History

Sub Era: The War for Independence