I’m grateful you are here. It has been a lifelong goal of mine to become a published author and that goal is coming nearer by the day. The idea first came to me when I read Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade. In it, he mentioned a plot hatched by George Washington for a soldier to defect and get close to Arnold so he could capture him and return him for trial. I was fascinated with it, and over the last couple years I’ve been researching and writing all about it.
The novel is coming soon, titled Code Name: Augustine. It is a historical fiction story based on the real life attempt by Sergeant Major John Champe to recapture Benedict Arnold after he defected to the British. It has been a labor of love and I cannot wait to share it with you.
“What do you think would be my fate if my misguided countrymen were to take me prisoner?”
—Benedict Arnold, 1781
Reportedly asked to a captured captain from the Colonial Army, as quoted in The Picturesque Hudson (1915) by Clifton Johnson; the captain is said to have replied, “They would cut off the leg that was wounded at Saratoga and bury it with the honors of war, and the rest of you they would hang on a gibbet.”