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James Jackson Purman



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  1841 at Greene County, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Waynesburg, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on July 02, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA

DIED:  May 10, 1915 at the age of 74

Lieutenant James Purman was one of 63 men who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 - 3, 1863. His was one of only two during which two men earned the award for the same actions. On the second day of the Gettysburg battle, Lieutenant Purman's regiment was forced to fall back through a wheat field under a withering hail of Confederate fire and an overwhelming assault. Upon observing a comrade fall wounded, Lieutenant Pipes and Captain James Purman halted in the retreat and moved the wounded man to the cover of some rocks. In this heroic action both men were shot in the leg. Ignoring calls to surrender, Lieutenant Purman braved the fire and onrushing rebel troops to make his way back to the Union lines, where he was rushed to the 2d Corps Field Hospital, where his leg had to be amputated.



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