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An artist in treason : the extraordinary double life of General James Wilkinson

Author: Andro Linklater
Publisher: New York : Walker, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Patriot, traitor, general, spy: James Wilkinson was a consummate contradiction. Brilliant and precocious, at age twenty he was both the youngest general in the revolutionary Continental Army, and privy to the Conway cabal to oust Washington from command. He was Benedict Arnold's aide, but the first to reveal Arnold's treachery. By 38, he was the senior general in the United States army--and had turned traitor  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Linklater, Andro.
Artist in treason.
New York : Walker, 2009
(OCoLC)755214666
Named Person: James Wilkinson; James (Soldat) Wilkinson; James Wilkinson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andro Linklater
ISBN: 9780802717207 0802717209
OCLC Number: 317928783
Description: viii, 392 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : a test of the loyalty --
The penniless aristocrat --
Citizens and soldiers --
Wooing General Gates --
The triumph of Saratoga --
Betraying General Gates --
Love and independence --
The Kentucky pioneer --
Spanish temptation --
Cash and conspiracy --
Enshackled by debt --
A general again --
Discipline and deceit --
Poisoned victory --
The battle for command --
Death of a rival --
The new commander in chief --
Ellicott's discovery --
The federalist favorite --
Jefferson's general --
Agent 13 reborn --
Burr's ambition --
Betrayer betrayed --
The general at bay --
His country's savior --
The general redeemed --
Two traitors on trial --
The war with Randolph --
Madison's accusations --
The last battle --
The changing of the guard.
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Patriot, traitor, general, spy: James Wilkinson was a consummate contradiction. Brilliant and precocious, at age twenty he was both the youngest general in the revolutionary Continental Army, and privy to the Conway cabal to oust Washington from command. He was Benedict Arnold's aide, but the first to reveal Arnold's treachery. By 38, he was the senior general in the United States army--and had turned traitor himself. Wilkinson's audacious career in the Spanish secret service while in command of American forces is all the more remarkable because it was anything but hidden. Though he betrayed America's strategic secrets and sought to keep the new country from expanding beyond the Mississippi, four presidents turned a blind eye to his treachery--gambling that Wilkinson would never use the army to overthrow our nascent democracy. The crucial test came in 1806, when Wilkinson turned the army against Aaron Burr and foiled his conspiracy to break up the Union.--From publisher description.

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