Jennie Wade House
On July 3, 1863, the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade stood in the kitchen of her sister’s home making biscuits for Union troops, when the home they were staying in was caught between the two armies. The 20-year-old seamstress and her family had already survived a number of close calls, including an artillery shell that had crashed through the roof. Yet Wade had neither fled nor taken shelter in the cellar. Suddenly, an errant Confederate bullet struck her in the back just below the left shoulder blade, killing her instantly. At least 7,600 soldiers died during the battle, but, remarkably, she was the only civilian to suffer that fate.
We entered the small home and took a tour while listening to the story of what had happened. Brad Klinge suggested we go to the basement to do some investigating. We entered the basement through a cellar door outside. The room had benches in it and we all took seats, separated enough to not interfere with one anothers' "space". Brad suggested that we do a ghost box session. It was at this time that we received some really interesting responses. Two of the ghost box's first words were "Jennie Wade". We also got a smell of fresh-baked bread.