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The grave of Jennie Wade - Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA

This is the grave of Mary Virginia "Ginnie" (or "Jennie") Wade at Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA. Jennie Wade (21 May 1843 – 3 July 1863) was a resident of Gettysburg.

On July 1, 1863, Jennie traveled to the house of her sister, Georgia Anna Wade McClellan, to assist her and her newborn child. In the early morning of July 3rd, Jennie was kneading dough for bread when she was shot. It pierced her left shoulder blade, went through her heart, and she was killed instantly.

In November 1865, Jennie's remains were reburied in the Evergreen Cemetery near Jack Skelly - a friend, and possibly fiancé. A monument, designed by Gettysburg resident Anna M. Miller, was erected in 1900. Alongside of the monument is an American flag that flies daily and is never brought down.

The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia is the only other site devoted to a woman to share this distinction of the perpetual flag. The Evergreen Cemetery grave of John L. Burns also flies the perpetual flag.


Located at: 799 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325


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