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The speaker is a 69-year-old White man with a college education from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; he was recorded in 1969.





County: Adams
State: PA

Commentary:
One of the most historic places in the state of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg is the site of the Civil War???s most crucial battle, often thought to be the turning point of the war. In July of 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers clashed for three days at the Battle of Gettysburg, with the Union forces eventually winning. Of the more than 50,000 casualties, there was only one civilian death. In this segment the speaker talks about that civilian, Ginnie Wade, and her former home, now a museum.
Inf: Yes, the Ginnie Wade uh, Museum is a spot where the only woman, only person for that matter, killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, civilian. And uh, it uh, when my, uh, wife???s grandfather returned from the Civil War, he had bought uh half of the house, eh, for a home for he and his wife. They???d married, then. And then the other half later on, 16-, 1869 he finally owned the entire house. They occupied and lived there until 1885 when they built a bigger house next door. And they rented both sides of the Ginnie Wade house. Then they uh, my father-in-law, who had married into the family in nineteen-one, got the idea that uh, it???d be well to uh, uh everyone came up and wanted to see the bullet hole. So his thought, ???Well, we???ll make ???em pay to see it.??? [FW: Mm]

So uh, they opened up a museum and a s-, uh souvenir store in the one half, the half which the bullet hole was in. Never charged any admission. Was supported entirely by the sale of souvenirs. And it went on to us until uh, nineteen-one to 1960, and at that time I owned it. And we sold it and the house next door which was our home at the time, uh j-, jointly, to a firm here who, who then built the uh, local people who built under a franchise, the Holiday Inn that stands there [FW: Mm-hmm].

They saved the Ginnie Wade House, and they built a barn behind it which they call the souvenir barn. And then animated, or rather put figures in the Ginnie Wade House and restored it much as it was at the time of the battle. It was a very good paying thing. And uh supported it for years. As a friend of mine, a doctor here in town, ???Wouldn???t it a been awful if she???d only been wounded???? Well, she had been, uh the Weavers and the Millers would???ve probably starved during the Depression [FW: Hmm]. But fortunate for us, she was killed.

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