Comments on: Profile: Private Sarah “Lyons” Wakeman The official blog of Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:30:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: Diane Diane Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:50:34 +0000 The following info is from Wikipedia and should answer that question of the connection:
Her regiment was assigned guard duty in Alexandria, Virginia, later to Washington, DC, to protect the nation’s capital. The first letter Wakeman sent home contained information about why she left home and what she was doing. Wakeman often sent money home in the hope of making amends. Sarah Rosetta Wakeman used her birth name when signing her correspondence; if her letters had been intercepted, this act could have ended her military career. Wakeman’s identity was not revealed during her burial as her headstone reads “Lyons Wakeman.”

By: Carol Carol Wed, 26 Mar 2014 04:02:15 +0000 I agree, how was she linked with he? You’d think that when sick with dysentery it’d be discovered that he was a she…or upon being readied for burial? It’d be even more interesting for DNA to be analyzed…

By: joan4164 joan4164 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:00:49 +0000 Thanks for the interesting article. However, I’m confused. How did someone make the connection between Sarah Rosetta Wakeman and Lyons Wakeman?
To me, her middle initial in the 1850 Census looks like an “S”. And you wrote that “The family didn’t know Private Wakeman as “Lyons,” however. They knew her as Sarah Rosetta.” Could you briefly discuss the missing evidence?

Hope the rest of your research turns up other fascinating stories.