Illinois town dedicates the home of a Civil War soldier with a surprising story

September 2, 2011

By Linda Paul

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(Photo courtesy of Ruth Morehart Estate/Dwight Historical Museum)
Albert Cashier (right) with comrade.

Of the 900 men who mustered into the 95th Illinois Infantry in 1862, only 153 were still in the regiment by the end of the Civil War. Albert Cashier was one of them. And that’s historic - because Albert was a woman. He was born Jennie Hodgers on Christmas Day of 1843, in Clogher Head, Ireland. A few years ago Linda Paul brought us the story of Jennie Hodgers’ extraordinary life. Today, she pays a visit to residents in Hodgers' Illinois hometown as they dedicate her post-Civil War house.