Jennie Wade House

Gettysburg, PA

Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade lived on Breckenridge Street in Gettysburg, where she and her mother worked as seamstresses. They fled their home in anticipation of the coming battle, choosing to stay with Jennie’s sister Georgia McClellan. This was not only for their own safety, but because Georgia was very pregnant, giving birth just an hour before the Confederate Army arrived in Gettysburg.

The Wades and McClellans did their patriotic duty by serving bread and water to the nearby Union forces. In the early morning of July 3rd, Jennie began to knead a fresh batch of dough so they could continue to provide for the soldiers.  That same morning, Confederate soldiers began firing on the North side of the house, which was hit by over 150 bullets. One such bullet, a Minié ball, passed through two doors and struck Jennie in the shoulder, penetrating her heart and finally coming to rest in her corset, ending her life on July 3rd,1863.  Federal soldiers carried Jennie’s body to the cellar where she remained until he fighting ceased.  

Today Jennie is bored in Evergreen Cemetery.  With minor changes and repairs, the Jennie Wade House remains much as Jennie would have known it over 150 years ago. The walls of the old house tell the story of the home and those who took shelter from the Battle there.

September 1, 2013
Investigators: Beth Rosen, Matt Rosen & travis Spitzer with guests Will Ishee & Tammy Spitzer.

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2nd Floor: With an entire floor separating the investigating groups – Travis and Tammy hear unmistakable footsteps charge up a nearby stairway and enter the room. Inexplicably, the only access to that side of the house was a single door below, and it was locked

August 31, 2014
Investigators: Beth Rosen, Matt Rosen & Travis Spitzer with guests Tammy Spitzer, Nick Wendling & Karen Memmolo.

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Findings: nothing to report.

Grave Concerns Paranormal does not view findings presented on this page as evidence of ghosts or the paranormal. These are merely experiences that we can not explain at this time.