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Saturday, May 05, 2007

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]


At 1:32 AM, June 08, 2007, Blogger Unknown said...

Nice piece. Considering the path taken by Arnold and his army, and having driven through that stretch I can only imagine (if there was gold) how it would be like a needle in a haystack.

My great uncle from Dexter mistrusted banks and died without telling where he buried all the cash on his 40 acre farm. Close relatives searched for years without any luck, and it was a much smaller "haystack" than the road to Quebec.

Growin' Up in Maine

At 9:12 AM, June 08, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

In my hometown of Greenwood there's a tale of an old miser who buried gold on his land. It was said that he would rise from his grave in the form of a wild animal and attack anyone who came near it.

My great-grandmother grew up nearby, and was appointed by her brothers to sit on his grave while they searched for the treasure. It was not an assignment she enjoyed.



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