Albert Cashier

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Albert Cashier | 1864 | Unknown photographer | Public domain | 14403

Jennie Irene Hodgers (December 25, 1843 – October 10, 1915), was an Irish-born soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. She was female assigned at birth, but lived as a man under the name of Albert D. J. Cashier. Other soldiers thought that Cashier was just small and preferred to be alone, which was not that uncommon. Cashier was once captured in battle but escaped back to Union lines after overpowering a prison guard. Cashier fought with the regiment through the war until August 17, 1865, when all the soldiers were mustered in and out.

After the civil war Cashier had a number of different jobs. In November 1910 Cashier was hit by a vehicle and broke his leg. A physician discovered his secret in the hospital, but agreed to remain quiet. On May 5, 1911, Cashier was moved to the Soldier and Sailors home in Quincy, Illinois where he lived until his mind deteriorated and he was moved to the Watertown State Hospital for the Insane in March 1913 where a couple of attendants discovered that he was female assigned at birth when they tried to give him a bath, and he was forced to wear a dress.


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