Putnam's Last Years


Israel Putnam's, May 29,1780 letter to George Washington.

General Putnam's Tomb in Brooklyn, Connecticut

        The General was buried in the Brooklyn cemetery. A tomb two or three
feet high was built of brick, and across the top was placed a marble
slab with this epitaph by the Rev. Timothy Dwight, who, five years later,
became the President of Yale College, and who had been intimately
acquainted with the hero in private and public life.

        In 1888, General Putnam's remains were removed and reburied under the
new bronze equestrian statue in Brooklyn, Connecticut. The following
epitaph was placed on the new monument.


Sacred be this Monument
to the memory of
Israel Putnam, Esq.
Senior Major General in the Armies
of the United States of America, 
who was born at Salem, 
in the Province of Massachusetts, 
on the 7th day of January,
A.D. 1718
and died on the 29th of May,
A.D. 1790,

Passenger,
if thou art a soldier
drop a tear over the dust of a Hero,
who ever attentive
to the lives and happiness of his men
dared to lead
where any dared to follow.


If a Patriot,
remember the distinguished 
and 
gallant services
rendered thy country
by the Patriot who sleeps 
beneath this marble;
if thou art honest, generous & worthy,
render a cheerful tribute of respect
to a man
whose generosity was singular,
whose honesty was proverbial;
who raised himself 
to universal esteem and offices of 
eminent distinction
by personal worth and a useful life.