Some Gettysburg folks get all the fame; don’t you agree? Today, we want to touch on a couple of “background” characters who actually played a crucial role in the history of Gettysburg – specifically, the only civilian death in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Mama, Didn’t Mean to Make you Cry
Jennie Wade is famous, all right – but for all the wrong reasons. Jennie was 20 years old during the Battle of Gettysburg. She was busy baking bread for the soldiers fighting outside her door when a stray bullet found its way into the home, striking Jennie in the back and killing her instantly.
Presented by the Adams County Arts Council. In Lincoln Square, from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM. Includes live music on the Square (beginning at 9 PM), refreshments, activities and fireworks at midnight. Call 717-334-5006 for details. https://www.destinationgettysburg.com/event/details/3119
Visit the Jennie Wade House to see how they decorated for the holidays in 1863. Music, decorations, unique gifts, Refreshments, Samplings. Open Friday-Sunday and daily Dec. 26th-31st.
The Dark Side of Christmas will feature Folklore, Legends, Tales and History surrounding The Villains of the Season. From Krampas to Belsnickel with a variety of others.
Join a Ghostly Images Guide in the darkened assembly room to the rear of the Haunted Orphanage for “Haunted” Christmas stories that were brought to America from Germany, England, Italy, Austria and all across Europe centuries ago.
A Christmas Experience that you will never forget!
Saturday Nights in December through 28th.
$15 per person (Parental discretion is advised)
On Christmas Eve 1863 the Mother of Jennie Wade, Mary, was still coping with the death of her 20 year old daughter. Jennie was the only civilian to die during the infamous battle when a stray bullet passed through two doors striking her in the back before passing through her heart.
Tonight the spirit of Mary Wade has returned to the scene of that tragic death as she painfully tries to make sense of just how it all came to be.
You are invited to join her in her time of need as she retells the tale once again. Follow her as she makes her way through the house, just as the family did in 1863, to the cellar where Jennies’ body was placed as the battle raged on outside.
Saturday Nights in December at 5 PM. Cost: $15 per person.
It’s getting pretty cold outside! By now, the holiday rush is in full swing; what better place to get away from the madness than historic Gettysburg? We can think of a few ways to keep you nice and warm, even if the snow is falling down.
Many folks think of Gettysburg only for the walking battlefield tour, which would be a little chilly this time of year. However, there are plenty of indoor attractions to enjoy in Gettysburg all winter long; stay warm, come visit, and enjoy the holiday season with us!
Mary Wade, Jennie’s Mother, will be making a special appearance on the history tour at the Jennie Wade House on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 3 PM – 5 PM. Space is limited. Stop by the Jennie Wade House, 548 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 day of event to purchase your tickets in advance.
Presented by the Adams County Arts Council. Includes many holiday events. Call 717-334-5006 for more information or
An annual event commemorating Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the soldiers’ sacrifice at Gettysburg. Featuring a parade of Civil War era troops at 1 PM, following traditional route from Lefever Street, to Baltimore Street to Steinwehr Avenue. Includes wreath laying ceremonies and a luminary remembrance in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at dusk. Most events are free tot he public. Call 717-334-1124, ext. 8023 or 877-874-2478 for details.
The Civil War was packed full of unsung heroes who led battalions, guarded towns, or even simply clothed and sheltered wounded soldiers. Today, we want to highlight one such hero; his name is not widely recognized, though his creation is one of the most well-known military calls in history.
The Man with the Plan
Daniel Adams Butterfield was born on October 31, 1831 in Utica, New York. A graduate of Union College, he quickly gained an integral role in his father’s business which later became the wildly successful American Express Company.