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Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade
Birth: May 21, 1843
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1863
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil War Figure. Born Mary Virginia Wade, she was known by her family and contemporaries as merely "Jennie". Arguably the "greatest battle ever fought on American soil" commenced in the environs of her native Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863. The three day Civil War battle of Gettysburg began on July 1, and fearing the effects of it, she sought haven at the home of a relative. The "Jennie Wade House" as it is now known in the borough of Gettysburg, was the home of her married sister Georgia Wade McClellan, and it was there that she found refuge from the rapidly escalating battle. In a short time, the locality of the McClellan home became a battlefield with Union and Confederate forces frequently dueling within site of it. Throughout this ordeal, Jennie repeatedly offered comfort in the way of foodstuff and water to the Union soldiers who were combating the Confederates outside the home. Sadly, her guardian angel ultimately failed her. The twenty-year old fell dead after a rifle ball penetrated the home's doors on the morning of July 3 and struck her while purportedly at the chore of preparing bread dough. With the cessation of the battle, she was buried in her sister's garden on the 4th of July. In January 1864, her remains were re-located to a cemetery "near the German Reform Church" in Gettysburg. A later re-interment in the Evergreen Cemetery occurred in November 1865. Within this burial ground is another tragic story which has always been intertwined with her own - the one of Corporal Johnston Hastings Skelly, Jr. He was a friend, beau and presumed fiancÚ of Jennie's, and he died on July 12, 1863 of wounds received in a Virginia battle and is now buried in close proximity of her plot. The two died without knowing the others fate. For several years, her grave was marked with a non-descript gravestone, however, through the tireless efforts of her sister Georgia, an elaborate marker stands today in the remembrance of Jennie, "the only civilian killed in the battle of Gettysburg". (bio by: Stonewall) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Wade (1814 - 1872)
  Mary Ann Filby Wade (1820 - 1892)
 
 Siblings:
  Georgeanna Wade McClellan (1841 - 1927)*
  Mary Virginia Wade (1843 - 1863)
  John James Wade (1846 - 1925)*
  Samuel S. Wade (1850 - 1935)*
  Harry Marion Wade (1855 - 1906)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Jennie, God Bless You and Rest In Peace. Thank You for helping out the Union soldiers. You and your fiancÚ gave your lives in service of your country.
- Charles
 Added: Dec. 13, 2014

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