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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014

Even though it’s been quite a long time since I first visited Plum Run, I still gaze into the waters with some apprehension as if I expect it to live up to its name, “Bloody Run.” The place has an eerie quality even with lots of other tourists around. There’s a famous photo that shows dead Confederate soldiers lying near the boulders at left and center. (Click here). I remember reading that somewhere in the tangle of underbrush across from Devil’s Den, to the right of this photo angle, a Texas soldier named Marshall Prue or Pure is still buried; his final resting place has been hidden since a few years after the battle.

On this photo we can see pretty much of Little Round Top as well. Most visible are the 91ST Pennsylvania monument at top center, the 140TH New York (a white dot to the left of the castle) and the 12TH/44TH New York castle at center right. The large white “monument” at the far left of Little Round Top is not a new memorial, but a tree :-) I like the sprinkles of redbud here and there. On this same trip I spent a little time on the summit of Little Round Top, and redbud was everywhere . . . definitely a perk of visiting in springtime.


Co. A, 32ND Massachusetts Infantry

Born March 20, 1841 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 22

Pvt. Puffer was a farmer until he enlisted in October 1861 at the age of 21. He was well-liked by his comrades and was both a gentleman and a valuable asset to the regiment, per his sergeant’s letter to James’ family. In combat it was always a risk to climb higher and present oneself a target, and Pvt. Puffer was shot down while attempting to jump a wall. He is buried in Westminster, MA.

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