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Jack Skelly

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Johnston Hastings Skelly Jr.
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Born(1841-08-04)August 4, 1841
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 12, 1863(1863-07-12) (aged 21)
Winchester, Virginia
Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnion Army
Years of service1861-1863
Unit87th Pennsylvania Infantry

Johnston Hastings "Jack" Skelly Jr. (1841–1863) was a Union soldier — a corporal in the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry — who died as a result of wounds sustained at the Second Battle of Winchester. He was the friend, and possibly fiancé, of Ginnie Wade, the only civilian to die in the Battle of Gettysburg.[1] He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, near Wade's grave.


Skelly was born to parents Elizabeth and Johnston Skelly Sr.[2] in Gettysburg. He joined the Union Army, made the rank of corporal, and he and his brother Charles joined Company F of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, along with childhood friends William T. Ziegler and William Hotzworth. During the Battle of Carter's Woods near Winchester, Virginia, Jack, his brother, and their two friends were captured by enemy soldiers. After they were called upon to surrender, they attempted to flee, and Skelly was shot in the upper arm on June 15, 1863.[3] He died a month later. The Grand Army of the Republic post in Gettysburg was named after Skelly.[4]


The book My Country Needs Me: the story of Johnston Hastings Skelly Jr., by Enrica D’Alessandro, includes five previously unpublished letters from Jennie Wade to Jack Skelly and is the first book about their relationship.[2]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic American Civil War : John Eaton Tourtellotte, Van Spence, Orlow Smith, Zesch's Militia Battery Kansas Light Artillery, Luis F. Emilio, George Right Smith, 31st Kentucky Infantry Regiment
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  • Ginnie Wade


  1. Petruzzi, pp. 220–21, 223. Skelly and Wade were childhood friends and some historians have speculated that they were engaged to be married. Only one letter between the two survived the war, and it had no romantic content.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "My Country Needs Me: The Story of Corporal Johnston Hastings Skelly Jr., 87th Pennsylvania Infantry; A Son of... by Enrica D'Alessandro (May 1, 2012)". Retrieved Jul 4, 2020.
  3. "Untitled Document". Retrieved Jul 4, 2020.
  4. Citizen, Beverly Sayles Special to The. "Sayles: The story of three Gettysburg childhood friends". Auburn Citizen. Retrieved Jul 4, 2020.


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