Benedict Arnold, whose name has become synonymous with the word “traitor” after he conspired with the British to turn over the post at West Point in exchange for money and a command in the British Army, was born in Norwich, Connecticut. In 1781, he led British troops in the Battle of Groton Heights, which devastated New London, Connecticut. Some 80 patriot patriot defenders were massacred following their surrender in the aftermath of a fierce battle. The young Nathan Hale of Coventry had responded to General George Washington’s call for a volunteer to spy on the enemy; caught and hanged by the British in September 1776, he later became the official state hero of Connecticut.
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