Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jennie Wade House-Gettysburg

Of all the places I visited last year while in Gettysburg, I think the Jennie Wade house had to be my favorite. I am sure I will have lots of new photos when I get back from the new trip, but I wanted to share some I took their last time.


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Mary Virginia Wade, or 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 Jennie Wade house, originally the McClellan home, 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 Jennie Wade home 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 causing damage to the Jenny Wade house was a Confederate 10-pounder "Parrot" artillery shell. The shell hit and entered the Jennie wade house going through and causing damage to 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. The house is now a museum and contains a Gift Shop in the rear

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1 Comments:

Blogger PEA said...

Hello dear Patty:-)

You must be gettin soooo excited about your upcoming trip, wish I could go with you, I so love anything with history behind it!! I remember when you went to see this house last year and the story of Jennie Wade...I don't blame you for wanting to go see it again. xoxo

May 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

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