Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another.
Unverifiable, but reportedly said by Arnold on his deathbed in 1801, requesting to wear the uniform of the Colonial Army from before his defection to the British, as quoted in The Picturesque Hudson (1915) by Clifton Johnson.
We have a wretched motley crew, in the fleet; the marines the refuse of every regiment, and the seamen, few of them, ever wet with salt water.Benedict Arnold
What do you think would be my fate if my misguided countrymen were to take me prisoner?Benedict Arnold
The drafts from the regiments at Ticonderoga are a miserable set; indeed the men on board the fleet, in general, are not equal to half their number of good men.Benedict Arnold
We have but very indifferent men in general. Great part of those who ship for seamen know very little of the matter.Benedict Arnold