Circa 1851. Three Putnam names are referenced in the 1860 "Gazetteer of New York State", J. H. French. Page 191 references Caroline Putnam, page 675 references Benejah Putnam, and pages 371 & 686 reference General Israel Putnam. Since it seems that Israel is your main interest, here goes:
Page 371: Ref defence of Hew York City, summer of 1776, August 22nd. " It was the design of General Putnam, who commeanded the Americal forces, to arrest the enemy upon the heights..."
Page 686: Ref community of Whitehall, on south shore of Lake Champlain: Footnote 10: "Major Israel Putnam was stationed here in the summer of 1758, with 35 rangers, to watch the motions of the enemy and prevent the passage of small parties." A secret night time expedition of 500 French entered the area. "Finding that the enemy had landed below and he was in danger of being surrounded, Putnam quietly withdrew, with no loss, and but two men wounded."
Half of the invading French were killed. This all took place during the French War.
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