Benedict Arnold is 9th Great Uncle of Bruce Allan Julseth.

Common ancestors are
Benedict Arnold III and Hannah Waterman

Benedict Arnold V
Elizabeth Arnold
1st Cousins
William Hopkins
(1647 - 08 Jul 1723)
2nd Cousins
William Hopkins
(31 Jan 1686 - 08 Jul 1738)
3rd Cousins
Stephen Hopkins
(07 Mar 1707 - 13 Jul 1785)
4th Cousins
Lydia Hopkins
(2 Dec 1732/1733 - 17 Mar 1816)
5th Cousins
Hannah Collins
(04 Apr 1759 - 12 Sep 1830)
6th Cousins
Warren Foster
(20 Nov 1800 - 20 Nov 1800)
7th Cousins
Mary Sophia Foster
(01 Mar 1827 - 31 Jan 1902)
8th Cousins
Anna Inez Tupprt
(06 Jun 1868 - 24 Jun 1934)
9th Cousins
Isobel Helen Bullard
(10 Dec 1906 - 23 May 1993)
10th Cousins
Bruce Allan Julseth
(28 Mar 1936 - )

Biography complements of Wikipedia

Benedict Arnold (January 14, 1741 [O.S. January 3, 1740][1][2] – June 14, 1801) was a general during the American Revolutionary War who originally fought for the American Continental Army but defected to the British Army. While a general on the American side, he obtained command of the fortifications at West Point, New York (future site of the U.S. Military Academy after 1802) overlooking the cliffs at the Hudson River (upriver from British-occupied New York City), and planned to surrender it to the British forces. The plan was exposed in September 1780, and he was commissioned into the British Army as a brigadier general.

Arnold was born in Connecticut and was a merchant operating ships on the Atlantic Ocean when the war broke out in 1775. He joined the growing army outside Boston and distinguished himself through acts of intelligence and bravery. His actions included the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, defensive and delaying tactics at the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain in 1776 (allowing American forces time to prepare New York's defenses), the Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticut (after which he was promoted to major general), operations in relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix, and key actions during the pivotal Battles of Saratoga in 1777, in which he suffered leg injuries that halted his combat career for several years.

Despite Arnold's successes, he was passed over for promotion by the Continental Congress, while other officers claimed credit for some of his accomplishments.[3] Adversaries in military and political circles brought charges of corruption or other malfeasance, but most often he was acquitted in formal inquiries. Congress investigated his accounts and found that he was indebted to Congress after having spent much of his own money on the war effort. Arnold was frustrated and bitter at this, as well as with the alliance with France and the failure of Congress to accept Britain's 1778 proposal to grant full self-governance in the colonies. He decided to change sides and opened secret negotiations with the British. In July 1780, he was awarded command of West Point. His scheme was to surrender the fort to the British, but it was exposed when American forces captured British Major John André carrying papers which revealed the plot. Upon learning of André's capture, Arnold fled down the Hudson River to the British sloop-of-war Vulture, narrowly avoiding capture by the forces of George Washington, who had been alerted to the plot.

Arnold received a commission as a brigadier general in the British Army, an annual pension of £360, and a lump sum of over £6,000.[4] He led British forces on raids in Virginia and against New London and Groton, Connecticut before the war effectively ended with the American victory at Yorktown. In the winter of 1782, he moved to London with his second wife Margaret "Peggy" Shippen Arnold. He was well received by King George III and the Tories, but frowned upon by the Whigs. In 1787, he returned to the merchant business with his sons Richard and Henry in Saint John, New Brunswick. He returned to London to settle permanently in 1791, where he died ten years later.

The name "Benedict Arnold" quickly became a byword in the United States for treason or betrayal because he betrayed his countrymen by leading the British army in battle against the men whom he once commanded.[5] His earlier legacy is recalled in the ambiguous nature of some of the memorials that have been placed in his honor.

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