Israel Putnam: Pioneer, Ranger, and Major-general, 1718-1790 William Farrand Livingston

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Israel Putnam: Pioneer, Ranger, and Major-general, 1718-1790 by William Farrand Livingston
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The author of this biography (originally published in 1901 as part of The American Men of Energy series) has done a careful and painstaking piece of work, and in spite of the number of lives and sketches of this heroic character already published,MoreThe author of this biography (originally published in 1901 as part of The American Men of Energy series) has done a careful and painstaking piece of work, and in spite of the number of lives and sketches of this heroic character already published, has found some new sources of information, including a number of Putnams letters and official reports- and these serve in part at least as a justification for the appearance of this book.

The author has read widely in his diligent and successful search for facts, and has found abundant material for a stirring and interesting narrative. Further he has been successful in putting his material together in such a way as to make a readable book.The author traces Putnams tireless and active career from boyhood to old age and divides the book about equally between the periods of his life prior to and subsequent to the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Much interesting anecdote is mentioned concerning Putnam, including the wolf hunt at Pomfret and the famous ride down the rocky height at Horseneck- and his unique experiences as ranger and Indian fighter are detailed- all of which contribute information concerning the bravery, generosity, energy, and impetuosity of this heroic character and serve to account for his later pre-eminence in the war of the American Revolution.

It is in the first half of the book that the reader will doubtless find his greatest interest.One of the longest chapters is devoted to the Bunker Hill fight and Putnam is given the credit of the real leadership in this battle.

Putnams service in the American Revolution is treated with fullness. He is defended against blame for the defeat at Long Island, and the reasons for his supersession in command of the Hudson Highlands are explained. Though his conduct was not above question, Putnam was exonerated from blame for the Hudson disaster by a court of inquiry, whose decision was approved by the Continental Congress.The book is filled with extracts and quotations from authorities used, which are pertinent and interesting.Contents:I.—In Old Salem Village (1718-1740)II.—The Connecticut Pioneer (1740-1754)III.

—The Call To Arms (1755)IV. —The Ranger (1755-1756)V.—Guarding The Forts (1756)VI.—Savage Warfare (1757-1758)VII.—The Attack On Ticonderoga (1758)VIII.—A Prisoner (1758)IX.—Three More Campaigns (1759-1761)X.—The Capture Of Havana (1762-1763)XI.—In Bradstreets Expedition (1764)XII.—The Honoured Citizen (1765-1772)XIII. —A Military Adventurer (1772-1773)XIV. —An Ardent Patriot (1773-1774)XV.—Wars Alarms (1774-1775)XVI.—A Bold Leader (1775)XVII.—The Battle Of Bunker Hill (1775)XVIII.—Besieging Boston (1775-1776)XIX.—Fortifying New York (1776)XX.—Ths Battle Of Long Island (1776)XXI.—A Forced Retreat (1776)XXII.—At Philadelphia And Princeton (1776-1777)XXIII.—The Command Of The Hudson Highlands (1777-1778)XXIV.—In The Recruiting Service (1778-1779)XXV.—Last Years (1779-1790)This book originally published by G.

P. Putnams sons in 1901 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting.



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