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Jennie Wade House Gettysburg Pennsylvania.

"If there is anyone in this house that is to be killed today, I hope it is me, as Georgia has a little baby." Jennie Wade

Who was Jennie Wade?

Jennie Wade PhotoMary 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.

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Jennie Wade House in 1916
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.

Jennie Wade's Birthplace
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 Wade house.

Present day photo of the Jennie Wade house.

The house is now a museum and contains a Gift Shop in the rear. Click map for directions.

Did you know?

• Nicknames: "Jennie", "Gin", or "Ginnie", Jenny Wade.
• 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 newspaper.
• 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.


The Gettysburg Story: Combo Blu-ray + DVD

 

 


The Gettysburg Story: 150th Anniversary Edition DVD
 


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.

Jennie Wade Framed Print
Jennie Wade Framed Print


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.

Disc 1:
The Heroes Of Gettysburg
Jenny Wade Of Gettysburg
Tillie Pierce Of Gettysburg
Joshua L. Chamberlain At Gettysburg
Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg
General John Buford

Disc 2:
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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