Chalmette National Cemetery

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman

October 11, 2019

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (1843- 1864) is buried in Chalmette National Cemetery. She fought in the Civil War for the Union, presenting as a man in order to fight. Her headstone reads “Lyons Wakeman”, as even in death, no one noticed she was a woman. She is part of a number of women who fought in the Civil War and is notable because of her letters back home to New York.

“I don’t know how long before I shall have to go into the field of battle. For my part I don’t care. I don’t feel afraid to go.”