Hudson Valley Names

Israel Putnam

Israel Putnam served throughout the French and Indian War, being captured by Indians and rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1759. At the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775, Putnam was appointed a major general in the Continental Army. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Bunker (Breeds) Hill in June 1775 and in May 1777 he was put in charge of American defenses in the Hudson Highlands, including Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton.

Major General Israel Putnam, 1775
Photo source: Danvers Archival Center

Putnam County

What was once the “The Adolph Philips Patent”, came to be Putnam County in 1812, named for Major-General Israel Putnam.

Joseph Warren tendering his services to General Putnam just before the Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
Photo source: Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library

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