On the Trail of Benedict Arnold
An article by W. D. Wetherell in the current American Heritage includes this interesting fact about Benedict Arnold's 1775 march through Maine to Quebec.
The Appalachian Trail crosses the highway [Route 16] near Mount Bigelow (named after one of Arnold's officers), and it's worth taking a half-hour's hike just to get an appreciation of what marching through this forest must have been like. (Even as late as the 1930s local woodsmen could tell which way the army had gone by the line of hardwoods that sprang up after Arnold's axmen had hewn down the original spruce.) [Link]A 1987 article in the New York Times told of other evidence left by the army.
Alfred and Alice Dyer, who make dollhouses in their not much more than doll-sized house in Moscow, Me., told of a friend who goes out on the trail with a metal detector. He believes that Arnold found his gold too heavy to carry and buried it in a spot to be discovered anew by taking bearings on three mountains. [Link]