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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Putnam, Israel 1718-1790. American soldier active in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. During the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775), he supposedly issued the order, "Don't one of you shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.”
  • Putnam, Rufus 1738-1824. American Revolutionary soldier who organized the batteries on Dorchester Heights that forced the British to evacuate Boston (1775).

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  • proper n. A surname.

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