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    [Jennie Wade] Georgia McClellan Autograph Letter Signed "Georgia McClellan." Two pages, 8" x 10.5", on "Headquarters Department of Iowa, W. R. C." letterhead, Denison [Iowa], July 15, 1888. Georgia McClellan, the sister of Jennie Wade, who was the only civilian casualty during the Battle of Gettysburg, writes to General John Gobin regarding the treatment of Confederate veterans at the fifteen year reunion at the Gettysburg battlefield. She writes in full:

    "Dear Sir - Excuse the liberty I take in addressing you. Having been introduced to you at St. Louis last summer I feel we are not entire stangers [sic]. I am the sister of Jennie Wade, who was killed during the battle of Gettysburg, and am very much interested in that battlefield.

    "I have just received the Gettysburg paper given a full account of the Reunion and the difference of opinions in regard to the meeting of the 'Blues and Grays,' also the reunion held at Round Top and your brave sentiments in the matter. (please accept my congratulations)

    "The mystery to me is how can the Union Soldiers forget that horrid war and its sufferings and shake hands with Rebles [sic] on so sacred ground as Gettysburg, they surely have more forgiving grace than your humble correspondent, or they have lost sight of the object for which they fought.

    "I had no desire to go to Gettysburg this summer, I preferred to shed my tears at home.

    "They can talk about the Rebles [sic] being reconstructed, but give them a chance and we can whip them again.

    "Hoping this may be received with the Spirit it has been written. I remain the friend of the 'Boys in Blue.'"

    Jennie Wade had moved with her mother into her sister's, Georgia Wade McClellan, house on Baltimore Street for safety before the Battle of Gettysburg. On July 3, Confederate sharpshooters began firing at the windows on the north side of the house. While kneading dough to bake bread for the Union soldiers, Jennie was shot in the back below her left shoulder blade. She was killed instantly.

    At the time of the writing, Georgia McClellan was Inspector of the Women's Relief Corps, an auxiliary branch of the Grand Army of the Republic. Toned along the margins; folds. Very fine.


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