Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Jennie Wade Birthplace
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.
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 Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 246 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mary Virginia Wade (here, next to this marker); 267 Baltimore St. (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); Schriver's Saloon and Ten-Pin Alley (about 300 feet away); Temples of Mercy (about 300 feet away); The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace (about 400 feet away); Field Hospitals - Cavalry Corps (about 400 feet away). 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 . . .
1. Jennie Wade. A tragic Story. (Submitted on June 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Death of Jennie Wade – The Only Civilian Killed at Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg Resource Center. (Submitted on June 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,117 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.