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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

James Jackson Purman

  • Rank: Lieutenant (Highest Rank: First Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A,
    140th Pennsylvania Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 2, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Voluntarily assisted a wounded comrade to a place of apparent safety while the enemy were in close proximity; he received the fire of the enemy and a wound which resulted in the amputation of his left leg.
Medal of Honor Recipient James J. Purman
Medal of Honor Recipient James J. Purman
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 30, 1896
  • Born: 1841, Greene County, PA, United States
  • Died: May 10, 1915, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (PM) (1-615), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center, National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA

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