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John André in Continental uniform

John André (1750–1780) was an officer of the British Army. He worked as a spy during the American Revolutionary War and aided in Major General Benedict Arnold's attempt to defect from the Continental Army to the British Army.[1]

Serving under the name John Anderson while in the Continental Army, André conspired with Benedict Arnold to have the latter become a General in the British Army and surrender West Point to the British. However, he was followed by Ratonhnhaké:ton, an Assassin and ally of George Washington, following which André was captured by Patriots as he was making his way out of West Point.[1]

Upon Ratonhnhaké:ton's advice, the Patriots searched André instead of shooting him on sight, where they discovered a letter revealing Arnold's betrayal. André was later hanged by the Continental Army.[1]




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