Jennie Hodgers was born in Ireland in 1844 and years later came to America as a stowaway.
Answering Presidents Lincoln’s call for soldiers, she dressed in men’s clothes and passed the cursory physical, since no undressing was required. She assumed the name Albert Cashier.
Assigned to Company G of the 95th Illinois Infantry, Jennie fought in forty battles over a three-year period. Once, she was captured by rebels, but seized a guard’s gun and fled back to the Union camp.
Living nearly her entire adult life as a man, Jennie collected a veteran’s pension, and voted in the presidential elections before women had the right to vote.
While institutionalized, her gender was discovered and she was forced to dress as a woman for two years until her death in 1915.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 9:03am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
On Thursday, Diversity Richmond, in partnership with WRIR, will host its third radio show, this time on LGBT sexuality and in front of a live audience. The organization’s new monthly series that broadcasts on 97.3 FM addresses LGBT issues. Diversity Richmond’s first show launched two months ago and featured SAGE Central Virginia, a program Diversity [...]