The Court Martial of Benedict Arnold

0court martialBy Richard McMahon

What if, instead of escaping to British lines, Benedict Arnold had been captured by the Americans after his attempt to surrender West Point? Suppose he had been brought to trial before a military court for the capital offense of treason in time of war? What would his defense have been? In The Court-Martial of Benedict Arnold, America’s most infamous traitor defends himself before a panel of his peers, claiming that the entire event was an enemy plot to discredit him and thus undermine the American cause. This is also the story of Joshua Thorne, a conflicted officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps, who has been given the task of defending Arnold, and is beginning to doubt his own loyalty to the quest for America’s independence. The trial begins with a case against Arnold that appears overwhelming. However, a brilliant defense engineered by Arnold and Thorne, slowly demolishes the evidence and the credibility of the government’s witnesses. When he manages to discredit the prosecution’s star witness, it appears as though Arnold may go free. The book also presents an accurate and fascinating account of life in colonial America at the time of the American Revolution, and affords an insight into the character of some of the most famous men of the age.                               … READ MORE

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