-Customer Care Specialist
Previously, I detailed my time exploring famously haunted sites in Gettysburg, PA. But there is so much history surrounding one location, I wanted to separate it out into its own article. So below is all about the time I spent at the Jenny Wade House starting with its important legacy.
The Civil War’s Only Civilian Causality
Seeing Jennie on the floor with her hands covered in dough and flour Mary Ann Wade knew her daughter was dead. With remarkable calm, she walked into parlor to tell Georgia, “Your sister is dead.” Georgia’s scream caused three Union soldiers to knock at the door. Assessing the situation, the soldiers ordered everyone upstairs, but Mrs. Wade refuses without Jennie. They wrapped her in a quilt, then everyone moved upstairs, including a soldier carrying Jennie’s limp body. In a war that claimed nearly 50,000 victims, Jennie Wade is considered to be the only civilian to die in the Civil War.
On July 4, 1863, the battle ends and as entire town steps outside none are prepared for the mass destruction or stench lingering in air. While people celebrated the end of battle, Jennie’s family were making funeral arrangements. She was ultimately buried three times. Her original funeral only attended by a few soldiers and family. Then she was moved to the German Reform Church in January 1864, and finally she was placed in Evergreen Cemetery in November 1865. Jennie is only the second woman to have a gravesite perpetual flying flag, the first being Betsy Ross.
My Paranormal Investigation
We also got EVPs on first floor saying, “Get Out”. Joni felt watched the entire time. Walking downstairs from Georgia’s attic I was rushed by a spirit. I nearly fell but was fine. Lastly, we captured orb in the cellar.
Initially, Jennie never appeared during the investigation but after later returning to our hotel, I felt something next to me and called Joni in. We agreed it was Jennie and she’s moved on.
Below are more of the memorable photos I captured during my visit including a view through the bullet hole (still in the wall) into the kitchen where Jennie's life was taken. Sorry the first photo is a little blurry, but that's the door with the bullet hole still intact, and the one below is the view through the hole in the door.