Albert D.J. Cashier

Albert D.J. Cashier

Original Name Jennie Hodgers
Birth
Clogherhead, County Louth, Ireland
Death 10 Oct 1915 (aged 71)
Burial Saunemin, Livingston County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 8448540 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Soldier. Born Jennie Irene Hodgers in Ireland, she enlisted in the Union Army disguised as a man, and served a three full years enlistment under the name of Albert J. D. Cashier, later becoming one of the most famous of a handful of documented women who served in disguised in Civil War armies. Little is known of her early life, and there is evidence that after her emigration to the United States she assumed the identity of Albert Cashier prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. She enlisted in the Union Army in Belvidere, Illinois in the summer of 1862, and was mustered in as a Private in Company G, 95th Illinois Volunteer Infantry on September 4, 1862. During her service her regiment was part of the Army of the Tennessee, and fought in over forty battles and engagements, including pivotal campaigns such as the May-July Vicksburg Campaign, the March-April 1864 Red River Campaign, and the Summer 1864 Campaign against Atlanta, Georgia. Private Cashier was once captured by Confederate forces, but escaped. She also contracted an illness and spent time in a military hospital, but managed to keep her identity secret. She served through the end of the war, and was honorably mustered out on August 17, 1865. She remained under her chosen identity after the war, building a life first in Belvidere, then in Saunemin, Illinois, working as a laborer. Under her identity as a male, she was able to vote in elections, which were prohibited to females by law until the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed in 1920. In 1911, now an old soldier, she entered the Soldiers and Sailors Retirement Home in Quincy, Illinois after a car accident broke her leg. As her mental health was deteriorating, her birth gender was discovered, and she was forced in her last years to wear women’s garments. When she died in 1915, she was buried in her Union Army uniform, which she had preserved, and was given a funeral with full military honors, which she earned for her service.


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  • Added: 27 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8448540
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Albert D.J. Cashier (25 Dec 1843–10 Oct 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8448540, citing Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin, Livingston County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .