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Put·nam(pŭt′nəm), Israel 1718-1790.
American soldier active in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. During the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775), he supposedly issued the order, "Don't one of you shoot until you see the whites of their eyes."
Putnam, Rufus 1738-1824.
American Revolutionary soldier who organized (1775) the batteries on Dorchester Heights that eventually forced the British to evacuate Boston.
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1. (Biography) Israel. 1718–90, American general in the War of Independence
2. (Biography) his cousin Rufus. 1738–1824, American soldier in the War of Independence; surveyor general of the US (1796–1803)
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1. Israel, 1718–90, American Revolutionary general.
2. Rufus, 1738–1824, American Revolutionary officer: engineer and colonizer in Ohio.
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