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 needy wives, children, sisters, and mothers of Union soldiers killed in the war. Significantly, the United States government refused to provide any assistance to the families of dead Confederate
[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.
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.
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 Original Site of the German Reformed and Lutheran Congregations (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Locust Grove Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shippensburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Lifeline of the Valley: The Cumberland Valley Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Rebel Headquarters in Shippensburg, June 24-27, 1863 (approx. half a mile away); Occupation of Shippensburg (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shippensburg.
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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.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.