On the 11th of October, 1776 the US Navy were beaten by the British at the Battle of Valcour Island, which took place on Lake Champlain. It was the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War and the first battle for the US navy. Though the American Continental Army general Benedict Arnold (14th January, 1741 - 14th June 1801) led his small fleet to defeat, the battle proved a tactical victory for the Americans. The battle delayed the British advancement, and they were forced to retreat to winter quarters rather than pushing forward. This gave the revolutionary forces vital breathing space to gather their strength.