Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Jennie Wade Birthplace
In this modest weatherboard house, constructed ca. 1820, Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade was born on May 21, 1843. Wade, the second of six children of James and Mary Filby Wade, spent her childhood here, attending local schools and helping with her father’s tailor shop. In 1854, the family moved to a new house on Breckenridge Street.
During the Battle, “Jennie” and her mother were visiting the home of sister Georgia Wade McClellan (now 548 Baltimore Street). There, on the morning of July 3, 1863, while working in the kitchen, Jennie was killed by an unknown Confederate sharpshooter, becoming Gettysburg’s only civilian fatality of the fighting.
In the early 1920’s, John White Johnston, a Rochester, New York businessman who had become fascinated with the Wade story, purchased this house and the Breckenridge Street house. On May 21, 1922 he dedicated a bronze plaque here in a ceremony attended by Georgia Wade McClellan.
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil • Women. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1788.
Location. 39° 49.647′ N, 77° 13.864′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Street (U.S. 15) and Wade Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Baltimore Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 246 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mary Virginia Wade (here, next to this marker); Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade (a few steps from this marker); 267 Baltimore St. (within shouting distance of this marker); 223 Baltimore Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Witherow (within shouting distance of this marker); Matilda June "Tillie" Pierce (within shouting distance of this marker); “I can see them yet…” (within shouting distance of this marker); Annoying “ . . . the enemy very seriously ” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a photograph of The Birthplace of Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade, ca. 1925. Photo courtesy Adams County Historical Society.
There is also an inset photograph of Jennie, with the caption Wade, on right, at age 18. Georgia, her sister, on left. Center is Maria Coinfort, a friend of the family. Photo courtesy Adams County Historical Society.
Also see . . . Jennie Wade. A tragic Story. (Submitted on June 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,435 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on November 10, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5. submitted on June 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 6. submitted on January 25, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.