The eighth of a series of articles which recognises real-life Outlaw Heroes
Albert Cashier was born Jennie Irene Hodgers in 1843.
In 1862, Hodgers disguised herself as a man in order to enlist in the 95th Illinois Infantry Regiment using the name Albert Cashier.
The 95th was under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant and fought with distinction in over 40 battles.
Cashier somehow managed to remain undetected during this time as the other soldiers thought she was just small and preferred her own company.
Cashier was also captured in one battle, but then managed to escape back to the Union lines after overpowering a guard in the process.
She fought alongside her regiment throughout the war until it’s conclusion in 1865.
Following the war, Cashier continued to live as a man, also managing to convince those around her.
For the next forty years, Cashier worked as a church janitor, a cemetery worker and street lamplighter, she registered and voted as a man, and also claimed a war veterans pension.
In 1910, however, she was hit by a car and broke her leg, which resulted in a visit to the hospital.
The doctor who examined and treated her, discovered her secret but kindly agreed to keep quiet about it.
By 1911, Cashier had moved into a soldier’s retirement home, where sadly her mind began to deteriorate, and attendants at the home, while giving her a bath – discovered her long guarded hidden identity.
She was forced to wear a dress from that time on.
Cashier died in 1915 and was buried in her military uniform.
Her grave carried the words: “Albert D. J. Cashier, Co. G, 95 Ill. Inf.” – when she was finally traced back to Jennie Hodgers, a second tombstone was erected with both names on it.