In the field behind this stone
after the close of the French and Indian Wars,
returning from many expeditions to Ticonderoga, Fort
Edward, Quebec, Montreal, Havana, Detroit, and New Orleans,
lived Col. Israel Putnam.
Here with his wife (2nd) Mrs. Deborah (Avery Gardiner) Putnam,
he dispensed a famous hospitality at the
General Wolfe Tavern.
Near this spot also, April 20, 1775, Putnam received
news of the Battle of Lexington. Leaving his plow
in the furrow with his son Daniel, he rode
one hundred miles in eighteen hours,
reaching Cambridge the next day. There soon after
he planned and on June 17, 1775, commanded at
The Battle of Bunker Hill
receiving thereafter from the Continental Congress
by the hand of Washington the first commission of
Major General (and the only one unanimously voted)
which made him second in rank to his Chief.
placed by the Town of Brooklyn and the
Colonel Daniel Putnam Association Inc.
the 200th anniversary of his birth
Patriot, remember the heritages received from your forefathers
and predecessors, protect and perpetuate them
for the future generations of your countrymen !