US Wakeman, Sarah Rosetta

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman
A.K.A. Private Lyons Wakeman, Co. H, 153rd NYVI
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January 16, 1843

Birthplace: Bainbridge, New York

Father: Harvey Anable Wakeman 1821 – 1865
(Buried: Stevens Cemetery, Afton, New York)​

Mother: Emily Hale 1823 – 1884
(Buried: Stevens Cemetery, Afton, New York)​


Received some formal Education​
Occupation before War:

Domestic Servant in New York​
1862: Worked as a boatman for the Chenango Canal as a man​

Civil War Career:
1862: Heard about the $152 bounty offered to join Union Army​
1862: Enlisted in the Union Army as Private Lyons Wakeman

NPS Photo

1862 – 1864: Private Company H 153rd New York Infantry Regiment​
She was listed as being five feet tall, fair skinned, brown hair, blue eyes​
Assigned to guard duty in Alexandria, Virginia​
Guard for Carroll Prison in Washington, D.C.​
1864: Served in the Red River Campaign​

Died: June 19, 1864

Place of Death: Marine USA General Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

Cause of Death: Chronic diarrhea

Age at time of Death: 21 years old

Burial Place: Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, Louisiana, #4066


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Mrs. V

2nd Lieutenant
May 5, 2017
Thanks for sharing this! Just another confirmation that many more died of disease than bullet wounds! She probably got dehydrated to the point where her organs failed. I suppose her gender was revealed at her death? Quite remarkable that there is a stone with her military name on it. Amazingly respectful.

Ole Miss

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Dec 9, 2017
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I am always left wondering if she missed or sought the comfort of others like my wife and most women I know. My wife needs to discuss something a couple of times and just wants to talk and describe our day. I am not being cute just curious how she lived in male dominated society. Regardles she deserves all the accolades and praise as any soldier and our thanks for her serving our country in time of war.
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