, the heroine of Gettysburgh
.--The country has already heard of John Burns
, the hero of Gettysburgh
: of how the old man sallied forth, a host within himself, “to fight on his own hook,” and how he fell wounded after having delivered many shots from his trusty rifle into the face and the hearts of his country's foes.
's name is already recorded among the immortal, to live there while American valor and patriotism has an admirer and an emulator.
But there was a heroine as well as a hero of Gettysburgh
The old hero, Burns
, still lives; the heroine, sweet Jenny Wade
, perished in the din of that awful fray, and she now sleeps where the flowers once bloomed, and the perfume-laden air wafted lovingly over Cemetery Hill
Before the battle, and while the National
hosts were awaiting the assault of the traitor foe, Jenny Wade
was busily engaged in baking bread for the National
She occupied a house in range of the guns of both armies, and the rebels had sternly ordered her to leave the premises, but this she as sternly refused to do. While she was busily engaged in her patriotic work a Minie ball pierced her pure breast, and she fell a holy sacrifice in her country's cause.
Almost at the same time a rebel officer of high rank fell near where Jenny Wade
The rebels at once proceeded to prepare a coffin for their fallen leader, but about the time that was finished the surging of the conflict changed the positions of the armies, and Jenny Wade
's body was placed in the coffin designed for her country's enemy.
The incidents of the heroine and the hero of Gettysburgh
are beautifully touching, noble, and sublime.
Old John Burns was the only man of Gettysburgh who participated in the struggle to save the North from invasion
, while innocent Jenny Wade
was the only sacrifice which the people of that locality had to offer on the shrine of their country.
Let a monument be erected on the ground which covers her, before which the pilgrims to the holy tombs of the heroes of Gettysburgh
can bow and bless the memory of Jenny Wade
If the people of Gettysburgh
are not able alone to raise the funds to pay for a suitable monument for Jenny Wade
, let them send a committee to Harrisburgh
, and our little boys and girls will assist in soliciting subscriptions for this holy purpose.
Before the summer sunshine again kisses the grave of Jenny Wade
; before the summer birds once more carol where she sleeps in glory; before the flowers again deck the plain made famous by gallant deeds, let a monument rise to greet the skies in tokens of virtue, daring, and nobleness.--Harrisburgh Telegraph