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My Country Needs Me": The Story of Corporal Johnston Hastings Skelly Jr. of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry:
A Son of Gettysburg and Confidant of Jennie Wade
Published by SCHROEDER PUBLICATIONS
Published by SCHROEDER PUBLICATIONS 2012.
ISBN: 1-889246-59-X. Price: $14.95 U.S.
first book about Jennie Wade beau, Jack Skelly.
At the age of 20, Jack Skelly, a Gettysburg civilian, said to his mother,
"My country needs me, Mother. May I go?" He left his home to volunteer
in the Union army from April of 1861 until June 1863.
He initially served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry
before joining the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry—the unit he was
serving with when he was mortally wounded on June 15, 1863, at the Battle of
Second Winchester (also known as Carter’s Grove and Stephenson’s Depot).
Skelly died July 12, 1863, in a Confederate hospital while a prisoner of
war. His confidant, Jennie Wade, was
the only civilian fatality during the Battle of Gettysburg, dying nine days
story of Jack Skelly and the Skelly family. Includes 17 letters written between
Jack and his mother Elizabeth, during the Civil War years. The book also
discusses the relationship between Jack and Jennie Wade, and contains five
previously unpublished letters from Jennie to Jack, and a total of six. Also
included are letters of Jack’s brother, Charles, who also served in the 87th
Pennsylvania and his father Johnston Skelly Sr., who served in the 101st
Pennsylvania Infantry. The book
contains a total of 36 letters, revealing social situations and life in war-time
Gettysburg, and what it was like for the Gettysburg citizens turned soldiers in
The Story of Corporal Johnston Hastings Skelly Jr.
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