General Rufus Putnam

George Washington’s Chief Military Engineer and the “Father of Ohio”


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About the Book

During the Revolutionary War, Rufus Putnam served as the Continental Army’s chief military engineer. As designer and supervisor of the construction of major fortifications, his contribution helped American forces drive the British Army from Boston and protect the Hudson River. Several years after the War, Putnam personally founded the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory at Marietta, Ohio. Putnam’s influence and vote prevented the introduction of slavery in Ohio, leading the way for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin to enter the U.S. as free states. This first full-length biography in more than 130 years covers his wartime service and long public career.

About the Author(s)

Robert Ernest Hubbard is a retired professor from Albertus Magnus College and an adjunct faculty member in the college’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program. Webmaster of websites on General Israel Putnam and on entertainer Phil Silvers, he lives in Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

Robert Ernest Hubbard
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 242
Bibliographic Info: 18 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7862-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4012-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface 1
Introduction 3
One. Family and Childhood 5
Two. French and Indian War 11
Three. Before the American Revolution 28
Four. Washington’s Chief Engineer 43
Five. After the Revolutionary War 79
Six. Pioneer Leader 107
Seven. Father of Ohio 127
Eight. A Legend in His Own Time 151
Nine. Legacy 178
Chapter Notes 191
Bibliography 221
Index 227