Who was Jennie Wade?
Mary Virginia Wade, better known as Jennie Wade, was the only civilian
killed during the American Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on
July 3, 1863 while baking bread for Union soldiers in the now famous
tourist destination, the Jennie Wade House. She was struck by a single
bullet that traveled through two wooden doors killing her instantly.
Jennie Wade was 20 years old. The house looks very much the same as it did
over 140 years ago. The house was actually the residence of Jennie's
sister, Georgia McClellan.
McClellan home in 1916. The house that Jennie Wade shot and killed. Today
known as the Jennie Wade House.
Jennie Wade History.
Jennie was born Mary Virginia Wade on May
21, 1843 in a little town named Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
Jennie Wade's birthplace was in a house located on Baltimore Street. Her
nickname "Ginnie" most likely came from her middle name Virginia.
Mary Virginia Wade or "Jennie" was born in this
house on Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on May 21, 1843.
The Jennie Wade house was actually the home of
Jennie's sister, Georgia McClellan. The dwelling lived through the Battle of
Gettysburg and witnessed the tragic death of Gettysburg civilian Jennie
Wade, as she was preparing bread for the Union soldiers. This brick house
was not a good spot to be in during the fighting as it was between both
armies and commonly referred to as "No Man's Land". Northern soldiers were
setting up defenses South of town, while Confederate forces were occupying
the North side of town. As both armies fired on each other, the house was
struck repeatedly and riddled with bullets.
The north side received most of the damage as
it faced the Confederate position and today is marked with over 150 bullet
holes. Also damaging the Jenny Wade house was a Confederate 10-pounder
"Parrot" artillery shell which hit and entered the 2nd floor wall that
separated the two dwellings. Fortunately, the Civil War projectile did not
explode, and remained lodged in the house for many years after the war
until it was removed. Evidence of this direct hit can still be seen today
while taking the
tour of the Jenny
The house is now a museum and contains a Gift
Shop in the rear.
Did you know?
Nicknames: "Jennie", "Gin", or "Ginnie",
Jennie Wade was the only Gettysburg civilian to be killed
during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Jennie Wade was only 20 years old at the time of her death.
Jennie's childhood sweetheart, Corporal "Jack" Skelly, was
mortally wounded at the battle of Carters Woods.
The name "Jennie" most likely came from a misprint in the
After Jennie Wade's death, she was buried in her sister's yard
for about 6 months, then transferred to a cemetery adjoined to the German
Reformed Church, until her third and final resting place in November 1865,
in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Other civilians had died later as a result of the Battle of
Gettysburg. For many months after the Gettysburg Battle, civilians would
find un-exploded artillery shells or loaded muskets in the surrounding
fields. Gettysburg children would play with them while others would try to
dismantle them. This sometimes led to the explosion of a shell or the
discharging of a gun, either killing or maiming them badly as documented in
the local newspapers such as the Adams Sentinel.
150th Anniversary Store
Chamberlain's Charge 1000 Piece Puzzle
The Twentieth Regiment
of Maine volunteers prevented the Confederates from flanking the
Union army and attacking from the rear. Chamberlain's Charge is
considered by many to be the turning point of the Civil War. The
skirmish occurred on July 2, 1863 during the Battle of Gettysburg in
the area known as Little Round Top. Artwork by Mort Kunstler. This
1000-piece jigsaw puzzle measures 24" x 30" when complete. For ages
The Jennie Wade Story
Jennie Wade Story, you will learn the history of this young
lady and of her family before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Reading this book will introduce you to the birth of Mary Virginia Wade
"Jennie Wade" to the tragic death of this Gettysburg civilian during the
fighting on July 3, 1863. The author sheds some light on a possible
relationship with a young man named Jack Skelly who died of his wounds
while fighting for the Union Army.
The Unknown Civil War Series: Gettysburg
From the Unknown Civil War
series that was made by the Graystone Communications Group and was shown
on the History Channel. This set has 12 episodes and a bonus roundtable.
Many of these episodes have never been on DVD before, only on VHS.
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Jenny Wade Of Gettysburg
Tillie Pierce Of Gettysburg
Joshua L. Chamberlain At Gettysburg
Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg
General John Buford
The Legends Of Gettysburg
The Irish At Gettysburg
USA Commanders At Gettysburg
CSA Commanders At Gettysburg
Lee's Commanders: The Men Who Fought For A Legend
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