Benedict Arnold was a general in the Continental Army.
He was very popular and led many successful battles.
But he thought that the British were going to win.
He decided to become a spy and give secrets to the British.
Arnold sold the plans to the fort at West Point.
He gave them to Major John Andre of the British army.
Andre was caught with the plans.
Andre confessed that Benedict Arnold gave him the plans.
Arnold was a traitor! Arnold escaped and joined the British.
Many years later, he deeply regretted what he had done.
His last wish was to be buried in his American uniform.
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In October, 1781, the last great battle took place in Yorktown, Virginia.
Lord Cornwallis was the British commander.
Washington was the leader of the American army.
The French sent an army to help surround Cornwallis.
The battle lasted for eighteen days. Cornwallis decided to surrender.
The War for Independence was finally over.
America was now the United States of America, free and independent!