Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade was a seamstress and resident of Gettysburg. She was the only civilian killed directly during that battle. On July 1st, Wade was staying with her sister, Georgia Ann Wade McClellan to help with a newborn baby when more than 150 bullets hit the McClellan house. On July 3rd she was kneading bread dough when a Minie ball came through the kitchen door and hit Wade, killing her instantly. Discovered by Union soldiers, Jennie Wade was buried in a coffin originally intended for a Confederate officer in the back yard of the McClellan house. In January of 1864 her body was relocated to the German Reformed Church Cemetery. On July 4, Wade’s mother finished the bread Wade had been kneading and baked 15 loaves.
This Jennie Wade mug is part of our US Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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