“Home of the only civilian killed in the Civil War”
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.
The only civilian casualty of the Battle of Gettysburg, the story of Jennie Wade is a tragic one. The staff at the museum is very knowledgeable in the history of Jennie and her family as well as the history of Gettysburg as a whole. The museum is small and if you’re with a large group it can be very cramped inside. I’ve been twice and would not be opposed to a third trip.
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Jennie Wade House
- Sun - Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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