Houston has a fair number of historic cemeteries. One of the oldest is Washington Cemetery (its rather modest entrance is on Washington). Started in 1875, the then Deutsche Gesellschaft von Houston was outside the city limits. Today it's just a few short blocks west of downtown. There was a name change in 1887 to the German Society Cemetery and another in 1918 to Washington Cemetery. There are lots of Civil War veterans interred there. Among the most notable is Sarah Emma (Edmonds) Seelye. She disguised herself as Franklin Thompson and joined the war, serving for two years as a solider and scout in the Union Army.