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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Traitors In Our Midst

In the present case, a sense of duty and a regard to candor oblige [the Commander-in-Chief] to declare that he considers [Major General Arnold's conduct] as imprudent and improper.

 -  George Washington, April 6, 1780

So it begins:

PROCEEDINGS OF A GENERAL COURT MARTIAL OF THE LINE, HELD AT RARITAN, IN THE STATE OF NEW-JERSEY, BY ORDER OF HIS EXCELLENCY GEORGE WASHINGTON, Esq General and Commander in Chief OF THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FOR THE TRIAL OF MAJOR GENERAL ARNOLD, JUNE 1, 1779.

Major General HOWE, President.

PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF CONGRESS.

THE court having met, the judge advocate produced his excellency the commander in chief's order, dated May 29, 1779; which being read, is as follows:

Head-Quarters, Middletown, May 29, 1779.

A GENERAL court martial of the line is to be held on Tuesday next, the first of June, at the usual place, for the trial of major general Arnold, as directed by a resolution of the honorable the congress, passed the third of April, 1779.

Major general HOWE, PRESIDENT.

Brigadiers general Smallwood, Knox, Woodford and Irvine, colonels Wood, Harrison, Hall, Gunby, Moylan and Butler; lieutenant colonels Popkins, Simms and Harmar, members.

Before the court was sworn, major general Arnold peremptorily objected to brigadier general Irvine, colonel Butler and lieutenant colonel Harmar, which objection was allowed by the court The president and members then adjourned the court until to-morrow ten o'clock.

Tomorrow would be...December 23, 1779.  Arnold was aqcuitted of everything 'cept a couple minor charges, then went on to betray his country.  Treason!  Whiskey!  Covfefe!

ntodd

June 1, 2017 in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink

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