From: Dismal Seepage Indiana
Looking for alternate US destroyer names,
DDs, back in those days, were named for naval heroes and (sigh..) certain politicians that contributed to the early Navy. There’s a group of real naval heroes that have been overslaughed because of their association with Benedict Arnold. I’m talking about the men of Valcour Island.
They knew they would lose, and probably die. But all they had to do was delay Carleton for a season; and that they did. Time, time, ask me for anything except time – Napoleon. Without Valcour Island, there would have been no Saratoga. These men deserve the honor of their countrymen.
David Hawley – Royal Savage, Schooner
Mathias Primer – Liberty, Schooner
Isaac Seaman – Revenge, schooner
Reuben Dickenson – Enterprise, Sloop
Robert Davis – Lee, Cutter
Seth Warner – Trumbull, Galley
John Thatcher – Washington, Galley
James Arnold – Congress, Galley
John Reed – New York, Gundalow
Moses Grimes – Jersey, Gundalow
Isiah Simmons - Providence, Gundalow
Joshua Grant – Connecticut, Gundalow
Samuel Mansfield – New Haven, Gundalow
Job Sumner – Boston, Gundalow
Benjamin Rue – Philadelphia, Gundalow
Philip Ulmer – Spitfire, Gundalow
Speaking of a "can of worms"...Benedict Arnold was a great military asset prior to his defection.
Arnold was very brave in the face of enemy fire, wounded several times, but he was continually passed over for promotions by the political generals in Philly.
Washington was a personal friend and was also one of those continually hamstrung by the same political generals who fought their wars as REMF's, (from the comfort of rear area pubs)..