The Ones He Left Behind: The Widow and Children of Jacob Agle
Shippensburg Civil War Trail
On August 28, 1861, Shippensburg resident Jacob Agle volunteered for service with Company H, 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, leaving behind his wife and three sons: Edward, age 7; Samuel, age 5; and Abner age 4. On September 13, 1863, Private Agle was shot through the breast while charging a Confederate line near Lafayette, Georgia. After Jacob's death, his twenty-nine year old widow Regina Waltrick Agle faced the difficult challenge of supporting herself and her three boys alone. To assist her, Jacob's brothers constructed the small log dwelling (to your right) to house her and her children. Regina Agle made ends meet by taking in sewing and tailoring in her home. Starting in 1865, she began receiving a federal widow's pension of $8.00 a month. She also enrolled two of her sons in the White Hall Soldiers' Orphans School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Regina Agle, who never remarried, lived in this house until her death in 1898.
Did you know?
An estimated 200,000 women became widows and 400,000 children lost at least one parent as a result of the Civil War. By 1890, the federal government was paying monthly pensions to over 209,500
[Photo/illustration captions, clockwise from top left, read]
• Private Jacob Agle
• Regina Waltrick Agle
• White Hall Soldiers' Orphans School
Erected by Shippensburg- Historical Society, Borough Historical Architectural Review Board, Chamber of Commerce, University, et al.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil • Women.
Location. 40° 3.251′ N, 77° 30.806′ W. Marker is in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on King Street (U.S. 11) east of Walters Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 340 East King Street, Shippensburg PA 17257, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Morris (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Court House of Cumberland County (within shouting distance
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Also see . . .
1. Shippensburg Civil War Trail. (Submitted on July 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. White Hall School, Camp Hill, PA. (Submitted on July 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pennsylvania Department of Soldiers' Orphans' Schools Collections. (Submitted on July 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Widows & Orphans [an unusual story tied to White Hall Soldiers' Orphans School]. (Submitted on July 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.