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Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade
Birth: May 21, 1843
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1863
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 fiancé 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) 
Family links: 
  James Wade (1814 - 1872)
  Mary Ann Filby Wade (1820 - 1892)
  Georgeanna Wade McClellan (1841 - 1927)*
  Mary Virginia Wade (1843 - 1863)
  John James Wade (1846 - 1925)*
  Samuel Swan Wade (1850 - 1935)*
  Harry Marion Wade (1855 - 1906)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Cemetery
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.81968, -77.23036
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- Janis•E
 Added: Jul. 3, 2017
Although 154 years have passed since that fateful day on 3rd July 1863 while you were kneading dough for bread, you are remembered and mourned. Your life of only 20 years ended much too soon along with that of your beau. You are reunited now and live on...(Read more)
- Lazy S Day
 Added: Jul. 2, 2017

- Shannon
 Added: Jun. 1, 2017
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