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Benedict Arnold Demands the Powderhouse Key


Benedict Arnold Demands the Powderhouse Key
New Haven, April 22, 1775

After news of the Battle of Lexington reached New Haven, the impetuous Benedict Arnold, before he became infamous as a traitor, demanded the key to the Powderhouse from the town Selectmen. He then armed the 2nd Company of the Governor’s Footguards and marched north to the aid of his countrymen in Lexington.





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