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.