Jennie Wade’s Sister, Georgia, Honored at Dedication Ceremony
At Gettysburg, one of the major attractions is the Jennie Wade house where, Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade, was the only civilian directly killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. On the tour we learn that Jennie was making biscuits for Union soldiers in her sister Georgia’s house when a mini ball from a sharpshooter’s gun struck her and instantly killed her. We don’t often hear about what became of Jennie’s sister, Georgia.
Together, John and Georgia had five children: Lewis Kenneth (born during the Battle of Gettysburg), Jennie Wade, Jim Briton, Nellie and John H. John McClellan served with the 2nd Pennsylvania Volunteers Company E, the 165th Pennsylvania Volunteers and the 21st Pennsylvania Calvary until the end of the Civil War. Georgia Wade McClellan was a volunteer Union Army nurse who first served in her home town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and then at Wolfs Grove, Washington, D.C. and Antietam.
After the war, the McClellans moved to Denison, Iowa. John McClellan worked as a carpenter and helped build the first schoolhouse and courthouse in Denison and other public buildings. He became active with the Grand Army of the Republic post started in Denison, while Georgia McClellan became active in the Women’s Relief Corps. She cared for the veterans, orphans and women during her tenure and helped established the Iowa Soldiers Home in Marshalltown (now called the Iowa Veterans Home). Her accomplishments included serving as state president of the Women’s Relief Corps, as well as president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She later became the national secretary and press secretary of the Women’s Relief Corps.
On June 29, 2013, a dedication ceremony was conducted by The William H. Kinsman (Atlantic) camp of the Iowa Chapter of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). This event took place at Charter Oak Cemetery, in Denison, Iowa to dedicate the gravesite of John Louis and Georgia Wade McClellan. Members of the McClellan family shared on the contributions of John and Georgia. Also present was Shirley Grant, national president of the Women’s Relief Corps. The dedication ceremonies included the firing of an ordinance rifle used in the Battle of Shiloh. Gretchen Triplett, of Ames, John and Georgia’s great-great-granddaughter, proudly wore one of Georgia McClellan’s petticoats for the ceremony. Grace Keating, of Denison, John and Georgia McClellan’s great-granddaughter, placed a white rose near their gravesite.