Florena Budwin, wife of a Pennsylvania soldier of the Civil War disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the Union Army to be near her husband. They were captured and imprisoned at the infamous Andersonville Prison where her husband died. She was then transferred to Florence, S.C., where her identity was revealed. She remained at the prison to care for Union soldiers, finally dying of illness in 1865. She was buried at Florence National Cemetery and is believed to be the first woman buried in a National Cemetery.
Florena Budwin (probably an alias) enlisted in Federal service in the Civil War, was captured, and died a POW at the Florence Stockade, a prison camp which operated outside Florence, SC from September 15, 1864, to the waning days of February, 1865. Her identity as a female was only discovered by the prison authorities shortly before her death. She was buried in a marked grave among the trench burials that claimed the bodies of approximately 2,300 men. For many decades she would be the only female soldier buried in a national cemetery.