Sarah Rosetta Wakeman


Sarah Rosetta Wakeman Famous memorial

Afton, Chenango County, New York, USA
Death 19 Jun 1864 (aged 21)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot #4066 Section 52
Memorial ID 11079398 View Source

Civil War Union Soldier. The oldest child in a poor, large farming family in upstate New York, she left home at nineteen years of age and found she could make more money by dressing as a man and working as a coal handler on a canal boat. Upon learning she could make thirteen dollars a month as a soldier, she disguised herself as a man and enlisted as “Lyons Wakeman” in the 153rd New York Volunteer Infantry. She served until she died of dysentery after fighting in the Battle of Pleasant Hill in Louisiana. Details of her experiences are found in her letters compiled in a book entitled "An Uncommon Soldier" edited by Lauren Cook Burgess.

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  • Originally Created by: Bigwoo
  • Added: 2 Jun 2005
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (16 Jan 1843–19 Jun 1864), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11079398, citing Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .