On John Andre

John Andre
John Andre

Tom Paine

I was certainly aware of the John Andre / Benedict Arnold saga, in which General Arnold was plotting to betray the young American nation by turning over the fort at West Point and Andre was the British intelligence officer trying to assist him. When the conspiracy unravaled, Andre was hung as a spy and Arnold fled to the British.

But even though I grew up within the geographical footprint of this history, I was only vaguely aware of the facts and events surrounding it.

But I happened to see two different films* about Andre over the 4th, both quite good, and they deepened my interest. I thought this written sketch made for good reading.

Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolutionary War: Major John Andre

*The Scarlet Coat (1955)

The Unfortunate Death of Major Andre (2013)