Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
1841 at Greene County, PA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Waynesburg, PA
10, 1915 at the age of 74
The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on July
02, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA
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.