My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier

TitleMy Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDurrant, Lynda
Number of Pages199
PublisherClarion Books
CityNew York

Jennie Hodgers (1843-1915) dressed as a boy for the first time in order to help support her impoverished Irish family with a shepherd's wages. Then her arrival in America confirmed her belief that the world offers better opportunities to young men than to young women. So Jennie maintained her outward identity as Albert Cashier, serving as a grocery clerk in Queens, New York; as a farmhand in Ohio; and as a recruit in the 95th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. Not only did she survive three years in combat with her true identity undiscovered, she chose to continue living as Albert for nearly all of her life. Combining careful research with vivid insight, the author of this volume portrays Albert Cashier as a soldier who served his adopted country and his comrades with loyalty and heroism, and Jennie Hodgers as a woman of astonishing strength, courage, and adaptability--a woman sometimes at war with her own secrets.

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