Making Change: Immigrant Activism Series Albert Cashier: A Life Apart

Albert Cashier was born Jennie Hodges in County Louth in Ireland. Cashier became famous as one of a number of women soldiers who served as men during the Civil War. Cashier adopted the identity of a man before enlisting and maintained it until death, so the consistent and long-term (at least 53 years) commitment to a male identity has prompted some contemporary scholars to suggest that Cashier was a trans man. 

DeAnne Blanton retired from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC after 31 years of service as a reference archivist specializing in 18th and 19th century U.S. Army records. She was recognized within the National Archives as well as in the historical and genealogical communities as a leading authority on the American Civil War; 19th century women’s history; and the history of American women in the military. Her groundbreaking book, They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War, co-written with Lauren Cook, was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2002 and by Vintage the following year. 

This series has been funded in part by Humanities New York, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.