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Collection Reference Number GLC02451
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1775 
Title Benedict Arnold to Joseph Trumbull as commander of one of the two columns marching on Canada
Date 19 September 1775
Author Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written by General Arnold as commander of one of the two columns marching on Canada (General Philip Schuyler's forces in New York being the other) to Trumbull as Commissary General of Purchases to George Washington's army at Cambridge. In August 1775 Arnold had convinced Washington to give him a command to march through the Maine wilderness to Quebec. This letter references the good weather at the start of his journey northward, by ship, from the coastal town of Newburyport to Maine. Thanks him for his letter he sent by Mr. Thomas. Says he has added to his army's provisions. Wishes him success and happiness in his post. Arnold reached Quebec on 8 November 1775 and after being joined by forces under General Richard Montgomery, he attacked Quebec on 31 December 1775. During the failed assault Montgomery was killed and Arnold was seriously wounded in the leg. The army held on around Quebec until May 1776, when the spring weather allowed British ships to bring reinforcements. Document is pasted to a piece of cardboard, but only at the top, and a partial tear from the seal has been repaired.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Canada  Military History  Global History and Civics  Continental Congress  Travel  Maritime  Military Provisions  
People Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801)  
Place written Newburyport, Massachusetts
Theme The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859