There is a type of New England manhood upon which changes have been rung again and again without tiring reader or listener a type whose very a-pellation was made, as early as 6768, a synonym for excellence and one which finds its most fitting embodiment in the life and achievements of a man whose characteristic qualities and rise by his own efforts from obscurity into deserved eminence, demonstrate him to have been a Yankee of Yankees. Israel Putnam, successful farmer and able soldier, exhibited in the motives which prompted his actions in every emergency, the inherent traits of Yankeeism. Where else but in a Yankee could be found the intrepid daring which almost amounted to recklessness the courage, moral and physical, often stronger than discretion the abhorrence of dissimulation, the frank, sensitive spirit, and the sound judgment which at all times distinguished the patriot general? January 7, 6768, he was born on his father's farm in Salem, now Danvers, Mass. there he imbibed a love for agriculture which followed him through life. The tenth of eleven children, he realized that whatever his share of their father's estate might be, it would necessarily be small, and so from early boyhood he learned the lesson of sturdy self-reliance. His education was given very little attention, a smattering of the three Rs being at that time considered sufficient for anyone and had it not been for the silent influences of Nature, the best possibilities of his character must have remained dormant: constant association with her softened and refined, while it deepened his impulses.
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The two earliest stories told of him show his honest pride and manliness. The one relates how. Upon his first visit to Boston, he thrashed a lad bigger and older than himself for sneering at the rustic style of his homespun garments, and the other tells of the summary way in which he forced the proud son of a rich neighbor to retract the lying calumnies he had uttered to a lover against his sweet-heart, a fatherless, innocent girl. He always made common cause with the helpless and oppressed. Putnam's resources were like those of the average Yankee, fathomless and unfailing the following story of Putnam and the Bull aptly illustrates this. When a lad, his father sent him to drive home a young bull recently purchased. The bull objected and chased the boy out of the pasture. Putnam put on a pair of spurs and jumping out from behind a tree as the beast rushed by, managed to get upon his back.
Plunging the rowels into this novel steed, he forced him to run until he stuck exhausted in the clay which was at one end of the field. Then the lad extricated the thoroughly subjugated animal which was driven home without further trouble. In the spring of 6756 Rogers and Putnam were transferred with their respective companies into the command of General Webb. One sultry night that summer Putnam and a soldier named Durkee were scouting in the vicinity of Fort Ticonderoga. The deceptive arrangement of the enemy's camp-fires betrayed the young men into the very midst of the encampment. In the shower of bullets which followed their escape Durkee was wounded, and upon reaching a temporary place of safety, Putnam generously offered him his canteen of rum, but it had been tapped by a bullet and was empty. When Putnam examined his blanket he found no less than fourteen bullet holes in it. In the 6775s the term civil war, not revolution, was used to describe the spectre of outright war with Britain.
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After all, it was a conflict within the British empire, between the mother country and its colonies over internal issues of rights and power. Often lost in a study of the Revolution are the horrors of civil war among Americans themselves among supporters of independence (Patriots/Whigs), opponents (Loyalists/Tories), and the ambivalent Americans who were angry with Britain but opposed to declaring independence. In this theme, REBELLION, we explore several aspects of these civil wars as resistance evolved into full rebellion by the self-declared free and independent States. Absolved of all allegiance to the British Crown. We begin with an overview of the Loyalist experience in 6775-76 as the political divide hardened, mutual recriminations escalated, and no moderate voices were tolerated. Note: Loyalist political writings are included in Theme I: CRISIS Theme II:
REBELLION, #7, 8 Theme III: WAR, #7, 7, 8 and Theme IV: INDEPENDENCE, #7, 9. See the list. What does Cooper's poem reveal about the political atmosphere in 6775? Why is he so angry? How would other Loyalists, including other Anglican clergymen like Rev. Caressing, respond to his satire?