For Love of Freedom

 Jennie Hodgers surrendered her name and identity to fight for the Union Army. Perhaps it was in response to her patriotic  beliefs, perhaps for the excitement, perhaps for  the money she could earn and freedoms she  would have that she could not experience as a woman in that era.  Whatever her principles, when she returned to civilian life, she hung on to her role as Albert D. J. Cashier.

 As Albert, she could be respected as a Civil War veteran and receive a pension, earn  twice as much money as a woman, be free to  work and live as she chose rather than be dependent on a husband, have a bank account  and even vote-which she did before women  were given that privilege.  Her decision meant her freedom and that is what she chose.