Putnam and The Wolf
Following her tracks through one day and night in
the early snow of December 1742 to the Connecticut
River and back, the early settlers of this region here
discovered the den of the She Wolf that had for years
devastated their flocks and had so far eluded all attempts
at capture after all other methods had failed. With both
servant and dog held back, Israel Putnam, 70 of
whose sheep had been slaughtered at 10 o'clock at
night, with a rope tied to his feet, first with a torch,
again with a musket, entered this cave, and by the
light of her angry eyes, shot and killed the marauder
and entering a third time, dragged forth the body
of the last wolf in Connecticut.
This tablet is presented to the Elizabeth-Porter Putnam Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, by the Colonel Daniel Putnam
Association INC. and their friends to preserve the memory of an act of
courage and of public service by a young farmer who was in later years to win fame as a wise leader,a brave fighter, and a National Hero.
"He dared to lead where others dared to follow"