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.
had been foolish to stay but now there was no choice. It was
anyone’s guess what the outcome would be. Nothing was as it
should be. Oddly, the Confederate troops were pouring in
from the north and Union troops were marching in from the
south. They arrived in droves. The town was not prepared for
what happened during the early days of the summer, 1863.
Jennie, a young local girl, did her best to keep up with the
demand for bread and water and medical care for the troops.
Her brothers were scattered, her sister would soon be having
a baby, her mother was not bearing up well and Jack, her
intended, had not been heard from in weeks. It was a time
and place that would be recorded in American history
forever. A time marked by the largest number of casualties
in the Civil War. It was Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a small,
unremarkable town; an easily forgotten town that would live
in infamy and one that history would never forget. Of the
almost 50,000 casualties of that encounter in early July,
only one civilian was killed. This is her story. The story
of Jennie Wade, a dedicated young woman thrown into the
middle of one of Americans’ most tragic times.