The Ones He Left Behind: The Widow and Children of Jacob Agle

The Ones He Left Behind: The Widow and Children of Jacob Agle (HM298F)

Location: Shippensburg, PA 17257 Cumberland County
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N 40° 3.251', W 77° 30.806'

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Shippensburg Civil War Trail

On August 28, 1861, Shippensburg resident Jacob Agle volunteered for service with Company H, 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, leaving behind his wife and three sons: Edward, age 7; Samuel, age 5; and Abner age 4. On September 13, 1863, Private Agle was shot through the breast while charging a Confederate line near Lafayette, Georgia. After Jacob's death, his twenty-nine year old widow Regina Waltrick Agle faced the difficult challenge of supporting herself and her three boys alone. To assist her, Jacob's brothers constructed the small log dwelling (to your right) to house her and her children. Regina Agle made ends meet by taking in sewing and tailoring in her home. Starting in 1865, she began receiving a federal widow's pension of $8.00 a month. She also enrolled two of her sons in the White Hall Soldiers' Orphans School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Regina Agle, who never remarried, lived in this house until her death in 1898.
Did you know?
An estimated 200,000 women became widows and 400,000 children lost at least one parent as a result of the Civil War. By 1890, the federal government was paying monthly pensions to over 209,500 needy wives, children, sisters, and mothers of Union soldiers killed in the war. Significantly, the United States government refused to provide any assistance to the families of dead Confederate

soldiers (though the former states of the Confederacy did establish their own pension systems).
[Photo/illustration captions, clockwise from top left, read]
· Private Jacob Agle
· Regina Waltrick Agle
· White Hall Soldiers' Orphans School
HM NumberHM298F
Placed ByShippensburg- Historical Society, Borough Historical Architectural Review Board, Chamber of Commerce, University, et al
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Date Added Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 285611 N 4436798
Decimal Degrees40.05418333, -77.51343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 3.251', W 77° 30.806'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 3' 15.06" N, 77° 30' 48.36" W
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Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 340 E King St, Shippensburg PA 17257, US
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