Benedict Arnold High School

Benedict Arnold High School

The British provided handsomely for Arnold, but never completely trusted him. He was never given an

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In 1779, a court martial was convened against Benedict Arnold. This court marital was held to consider several charges, including allegations that Arnold had misused government property. Arnold was eventually cleared of most of the charges, but he was left feeling resentful and mistreated.

You almost certainly know about Arnold’s treachery from your high school history classes. What you probably don’t know is that Arnold was involved in another series of events with George Washington in 1775. Washington sought to show respect toward religious diversity, as reflected by a set of instructions that he gave to Arnold that year.

That year, Washington sent Arnold on a mission to the (then predominantly) Catholic Canada. A summary of these events from Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State appears below.


Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State
By Tara Ross & Joseph C. Smith, Jr.

[Washington’] greater religious challenges during the Revolution involved widespread harassment of Roman Catholics in the early part of the war and the Quakers’ objections to fighting.

The best example of Washington’s careful treatment of Catholics may be in his September 1775 letter and instructions to Colonel Benedict Arnold, whom General Washington dispatched on a mission to the predominantly Catholic Canada. As Arnold departed, Washington twice encouraged him to avoid showing disrespect for Catholicism in that country, first in a letter, then in an official set of instructions. In his letter, Washington urged Arnold to

avoid all Disrespect or Contempt of the Religion of the Country and its Ceremonies—Prudence, Policy and a true Christian Spirit will lead us to look with Compassion upon their Errors without insulting them—While we are Contending for our own Liberty, we should be very cautious of violating the Rights of Conscience in others; ever considering that God alone is the Judge of the Hearts of Men and to him only in this Case they are answerable.

Washington’s letter did not hide his disagreement with the Catholic faith. Indeed, portions of his letter seem rather condescending toward Catholics. Nevertheless, Washington showed concern that they be respected. The instructions accompanying Washington’s letter to Arnold were written in the same vein: “As the Contempt of the Religion of a Country . . . has ever been deeply resented—You are to be particularly careful to restrain every Officer & Soldier from such Imprudence & Folly & to punish every Instance of it.” Instead, Washington continued, “as far as lays in your Power you are to protect & support the free Exercise of the Religion of the Country & the undisturbed Enjoyment of the Rights of Conscience in religious Matters with your utmost Influence & Authority.”

Washington exhibited a similar attitude two months later when he was faced with soldiers who wished to participate in anti-Catholic demonstrations on Pope’s Day. His General Orders of November 5, 1775, were harsh. “[The] Custom of burning the Effigy of the pope,” Washington declared, is “ridiculous and childish.” He expressed his “surprise that there should be Officers and Soldiers, in this army so void of common sense, as not to see the impropriety of such a step at this Juncture,” particularly given American efforts to obtain an alliance with Canadian Catholics. “[T]o be insulting their Religion,” the general concluded, “is so monstrous, as not to be suffered, or excused.” According to Boller, Washington’s attitude was one of the primary factors contributing to the permanent elimination of Pope’s Day in the new country. If this anti-Catholic event was celebrated in America after 1775, there is no record of it.


Our schools namesake was
a misunderstood well meaning man who did no worse then most American politicians do daily..


The British provided handsomely for Arnold, but never completely trusted him. He was never given an important military command. They moved to London where he found no job, some admiration
and even some contempt. He moved his family to Canada where he reentered the shipping business. The Tories there disliked him and had no use for him, and eventually he returned his family to London. When the fighting began between France and England, he tried again for military service, but to no avail. His shipping ventures eventually failed and he died in 1801, virtually unknown, his wife joining him in death three years later.

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