A lithograph showing the moment Benedict Arnold is wounded while attacking a German fortification during the fighting at Saratoga.
This image was drawn by Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887) and shows the wounding of an infamous American general and eventual turncoat, Benedict Arnold. During the second Battle of Saratoga on October 7, 1777, Arnold led Connecticut troops in an attack on the sparsely guarded Breymann Redoubt. (A redoubt is a type of fortification.) Arnold raced for the opening between the guarded Hession redoubts and cabins. When Arnold entered the redoubt, a Hessian soldier fired at him. One bullet struck him in the leg and another struck his horse, killing it and pinning Arnold underneath. Arnold refused to let his leg be amputated; he convalesced for several months and his leg never fully healed.