Johnny Tremain

How did they kill Pumpkin in chapter 9?

Did they shoot him? Drown him? How was he killed?

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In April, Johnny takes Colonel Smith’s horses out for exercise on the Common. This is Dove’s job, but Johnny does it to maintain goodwill with him. He notices that several brigades of troops have gathered in the Common and are performing a solemn drumroll. It turns out that Pumpkin has been caught. The young soldier is executed by firing squad for desertion.