The oldest of nine children, Sarah Wakeman was born in Chenango County in 1843. In 1862, using the name Lyons Wakeman, Sarah enlisted in the Union Army. During her time with the army, Sarah wrote to her family frequently. Her letters detailed the boredom of everyday camp life, the fears of never seeing her family again, and the hardships of combat
‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photos Courtesy of:
Broome County Historical Society
Chenango County Historical Society
Library of Congress