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Jennie Irene Hodgers

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Clogherhead, Louth, County Louth, Ireland
Death: October 10, 1915 (71)
Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Saunemin, Livingston County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Patrick Hodgers and Sarah "Sallie" Cashier (N.N.)

Occupation: soldier, church janitor, cemetery worker and street lamplighter
Managed by: Michael William Seierup
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About Albert D.J. Cashier, Co. G., 95 Ill. Inf

From Wikipedia:

Albert D. J. Cashier (December 25, 1843 – October 10, 1915), born Jennie Irene Hodgers, was an Irish-born immigrant who served as a male soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Cashier was female assigned at birth, but lived as a man.

Early life

Cashier was born in Clogherhead, County Louth, Ireland. According to later investigation by the administrator of his estate, he was the child of Sallie and Patrick Hodgers. Cashier's later accounts of how he moved to the United States and why he enlisted were taken when he was elderly and disoriented, and are thus contradictory. By 1862, Cashier was living in Belvidere, Illinois.

Enlistment

On August 6, 1862, he enlisted into the 95th Illinois Infantry using the name Albert Cashier and was assigned to Company G. The regiment was part of the Army of the Tennessee under Ulysses S. Grant and fought in approximately forty battles, including the siege at Vicksburg, the Red River Campaign and the combat at Guntown, Mississippi, where they suffered heavy casualties.

Other soldiers thought that Cashier was small and preferred to be alone, which was not uncommon. He 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.

A transcription from a letter written by Thomas Hannah, Jr., a private in Company G, 95th Illinois Regiment, on 17 November 1862, from near Jackson, Tennessee reads:

" ... we have just discovered one of our soulder belonging to this rigment is a woman and she is found out and sent home she is one of those loose caractors that used to run around camp in rockford she put on mens cloths and enlisted just before we started ..."

Thomas Hannah indicates that this woman was sent back to Belvidere.

Also, footnote 4, Blanton, references a "Deposition of J. H. Hines." In fact, it was Robert Dunn Hannah, brother of Thomas, who gave the deposition in 1915. Thomas Hannah died 21 October 1865 from wounds suffered at Spanish Fort, Alabama.

Postwar

After the war, Cashier returned to Belvidere, Illinois for a time where he lived as a man who worked for Samuel Pepper. He settled in Saunemin, Illinois in 1869, where he worked as a farmhand. His employer there, Joshua Chesebro, built a one-room house for him. For over forty years, he lived in Saunemin and worked as a church janitor, cemetery worker and street lamplighter. Because he lived as a man, he was able to vote in elections and later claimed a veteran's pension under his name Albert Cashier. In later years, he ate with the neighboring Lannon family. A later tale tells that the Lannons discovered that he was female-bodied when they asked a nurse to look at him, but they didn't make their discovery public.

In November 1910, Cashier was hit by a car that broke his leg. A physician discovered his secret in the hospital, but did not disclose the information. On May 5, 1911, Cashier was moved to the Soldier and Sailors home in Quincy, Illinois. He lived there as a man until his mind deteriorated and was moved to the Watertown State Hospital for the Insane in March 1913. Attendants at the Watertown State Hospital discovered that he was female-bodied when giving him a bath, at which point he was forced to wear a dress.

Death and legacy

Albert Cashier died on October 11, 1915. He was buried in the uniform he had kept intact all those years and his tombstone was inscribed "Albert D. J. Cashier, Co. G, 95 Ill. Inf." It took W.J. Singleton (executor of Cashier's estate) nine years to track Cashier's identity back to his birth name of Jennie Hodgers. None of the would-be heirs proved convincing, and the estate of $418.461 was deposited in the Adams County, Illinois, treasury. In the 1970s, a second tombstone, inscribed with both of his names, was placed beside the first.

Also Known As Albert D. J. Cashier: The Jennie Hodgers Story is a biography written by veteran Lon P. Dawson, who lived at the Illinois Veterans Home where Cashier once lived. The novel My Last Skirt, by Lynda Durrant, is based on his life. Cashier's house has been restored in his home town of Saunemin. Baptised as 'Jennie Hodgers'

Name: Albert D. J. Cashier Side: Union Regiment State/Origin: Illinois Regiment: 95th Regiment, Illinois Infantry Company: G Rank In: Private

"There are over 400 documented cases of women disguising themselves as men and fighting as soldiers on both sides during the Civil War. The case of Jennie Hodgers is one of the most famous, because she continued to live as a man after the war and was not discovered until a couple of years before her death. "

From ' Civil War Trust ', Albert, as I think she would have preferred to be remembered, is one of our most famous female soldiers from the American Civil War. Post war, she continued to live in her assumed identity because apparently she just, plain preferred life in this guise.

"Hodgers was born on December 25, 1843 in Clogherhead, County Louth, Ireland. Not much is known about her early life, as the only account available was given by Hodgers when she was suffering from dementia in 1913"

One can't but think that even in her post-death bios, he would have preferred ' Cashier ' over ' Hodges ' when referring to him- he'd left Jennie behind with his petticoats in the early 1860's, serving with distinction as Albert through Mansfield, Vicksburg,Kennesaw Mountain, Jonesborough and Nashville before mustering out August 17th, 1865.

"After the war, Hodgers returned to Illinois where she settled in Saunemin. She continued to masquerade as a man, and held many different jobs, including farmhand, church janitor, cemetery worker, and street lamplighter. Hodgers even voted in elections (at the time, women did not have the right to vote) and collected a veteran's pension."

He was able to remain quietly under the radar until nearly the end when, typically for rigid mindsets, some jerk at a State Hospital decided this was a case of mental illness and forced her back into a dress for the first time in half a century. It said much for HIS character and loyalty- former mess mates spoke up in outrage, although also discovering the truth for the first time and at least he was buried in full uniform, retaining his the dignity with which he fought to the last.

"In November of 1910, Hodgers was hit by a car and broke her leg, and her secret was discovered. The local hospital agreed not to divulge her true gender, and she was sent to the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy, Illinois to recover. Hodgers remained a resident of the Home until March of 1913, when due to the onset of dementia, she was sent to a state hospital for the insane. Attendants there discovered her sex and forced her to wear a dress. The press got a hold of the story and soon everyone knew that Private Albert Cashier had been a woman in disguise. 

Many of her former comrades, although initially surprised at this revelation, were supportive of Hodgers, and protested her treatment at the state hospital. When Hodgers died on October 10, 1915, she was buried in her full uniform and given a tombstone inscribed with her male identity and military service. In the 1970s, a second tombstone, with the name Jennie Hodgers, was placed next to the original grave. "

The Jennie Hodges tombstone was around 55 years too late amazing in it's symbolism, however. Albert, rest in much Peace, and thank you for your service. God Bless.

Civil War Folk Figure. Jennie Hodgers aka Albert D.J. Cashier, enlisted in the civil war at Belvidere, Illinois. She served her full term of three years. Even after the civil war she kept the identity and name of Albert Cashier. She lived on the farm of Cheeseboro in a white clapboard house. She also worked for Senator Lish in Saunemin, Illinois. While working in the driveway picking up sticks Mr. Lish accidently ran her over breaking her leg. The doctor diagnosed her as having a broken leg but also as being a woman. Since her age was growing the sent her to the Sailor and Soldier home in Quincy. While being diagnosed however, she made them keep the secret of her true identity. It was while in Quincy that news broke out. She is now buried in Saunemin, just outside of Pontiac in a little cemetery near the school. The plot is close to the road by the school a little ways from where you enter. Jennie Hodgers is remembered in a memorial at the battle of Vicksburg, she also has the distinguished honor of being the first woman to vote, disguised as a man. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46568422" target="_blank Doug and Linda Bell)]

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Albert D.J. Cashier, Co. G., 95 Ill. Inf's Timeline

1844
January 1844
Clogherhead, Louth, County Louth, Ireland
1915
October 10, 1915
Age 71
Illinois, United States
October 10, 1915
Age 71
Saunemin, Livingston County, Illinois, United States