PEGGY SHIPPEN ARNOLD
Credit: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia
A favorite among officers during the British occupation of Philadelphia, Peggy Shippen (1760-1804) was only eighteen when she married Benedict Arnold, an American general close to twenty years her senior. After Arnold’s infamous treason—which historians now believe she may have assisted--Peggy followed him first to Canada and then to London.
"The Centennial morning dawns! As the fiery chariot of the God of Day rises from the bosom of the Atlantic, and the mountain peaks catch his first beams, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, the cannons voice is heard from ten thousand throats of iron, hailing the birthday of the Nation, and the chorus of thunder is swollen into a pause of praise by the mingling shouts of patriotism."
~ G. W. Woods, Surgeon.
from an Address delivered at the American Centennial Celebration
at the Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, July 4, 1876.
Source: The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu: July 8, 1876.