Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Israel Putnam ~ 1718-1790

Marker ID: THC 2D 46
Location: at the intersection of East Broad Street and U.S. 136, Cookeville, TN
County: Putnam
Coordinates: N 36° 9.754    W 085° 29.96
  36.16256666    -85.49933333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9CBA


Putnam County, created in 1842 and re-established in 1854, was named for Major General Israel Putnam, who was commissioned on June 19, 1775 by the Continental Congress. A popular hero of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Gen. Putnam became famous for saying, " Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes," at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.