The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Two great patriots. Two giants of the battlefield. Yet one
became our greatest hero, and one became our most notorious
traitor. It was a surprising turn of events. Washington and Arnold
admired each other. After the first three years of the
Revolutionary War, every patriot recognized as our two greatest
warriors George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, and
twice battle-wounded Benedict Arnold, captor of Fort Ticonderoga,
invader of Canada, and victor at the battle of Saratoga. But while
Washington rose above his enemies to become the "Father of our
Country," Arnold became embittered by them and with slow twists of
mind, heart, character, and decision finally committed himself to
betraying the cause that he had previously served so well.
George Washington and Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two
Patriots relives a dramatic chapter of American history. It is
a story every American should know.
Dave R. Palmer, a graduate of West Point and Duke
University, is a retired lieutenant general of the United States
Army, two-tour veteran of Vietnam, former superintendent of West
Point, and accomplished military historian specializing in the
campaigns of George Washington and the 18th Century American army.
He often appears as a commentator in television documentaries on
the Revolutionary War period and its generals and is the author of
many books, including The Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam
in Perspective; The Way of the Fox: American Strategy in the War
for America, 1775-1783; and George Washington: First
More About the Speakers
Dave R. Palmer
Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.