A colorful figure of 18th-century America, Israel Putnam, “Old Put,” played a key role in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. In 1758, while serving with Rogers’ Rangers in New York, he barely escaped being burned alive by Mohawk warriors. He later commanded a force of 500 men who were shipwrecked off the coast of Cuba. He reportedly, and famously, gave the command “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Detailing his relationships with Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, and John and Abigail Adams, Robert Ernest Hubbard’s research produced the first full-length biography of Putnam in more than a century. In this program, Hubbard will re-examine the life of a true revolutionary whose seniority in the Continental Army was second only to that of General George Washington himself.
Robert Ernest Hubbard is a retired professor from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and an adjunct faculty member in the college’s renown Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program. In addition to Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution, he is the author of seven other books including The Last Survivors and A History of Connecticut’s Deadliest Tornadoes.
The Lincoln Depot Museum will host author Robert Ernest Hubbard for a talk on his book Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution (McFarland & Com., 2017) on Saturday, June 3rd. This program will begin at 2 pm. For more information visit the Lincoln Depot Museum website.
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