The Life of John Andre: The Redcoat Who Turned Benedict Arnold

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John André was head of the British Army’s Secret Service in North America as the Revolutionary War entered its most bitter and, ultimately, decisive phase. In 1780, he masterminded the defection of a high-ranking American officer—General Benedict Arnold. Arnold—his name for ever synonymous with treason in American folklore—had recently been appointed commander of West Point and agreed, through André, to turn over to the British this strategically vital fort on the upper reaches of the Hudson River. Control of the fort would interrupt lines of communication between New England and the southern colonies, seriously impeding military operations against the British. The plan was also to simultaneously kidnap General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. By these two masterstrokes, the British believed they could end rebel resistance.

Hardcover, 320 pages

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    Posted by Robert G. Carroon Ph.D Order of Cloak & Dagger on Apr 6th 2021

    While very detailed in most respects it assumes that the reader would know such items as where John Andre was buried but never provides that information directly. He ended up in Westminster Abby but how and when did he get there and the reader had to find out that information on his/her own.