Woman Vet, of Civil War has strange tale. (edited)
The sex of Albert D. J. Cashier, civil war veteran and an inmate of the Soldiers’ and Sailors home here, has been revealed by Colonel J. O. Anderson, superintendent, as feminine.
The woman, whose real name probably never will be known, served three years in the Union army during the Civil war, as is shown by records. She was mustered out of the service in 1865 and a few years later was placed on the government pension roll.
She was born in Ireland, December 25, 1844, but the place of her birth is not known. It is thought by Colonel Anderson and officials of the home board that she ran away from home and came to the United States dressed in boy’s clothes, a stowaway on a British vessel.
She enlisted in Company G, Ninety-fifth Illinois Infantry, May 4, 1862. The regiment to which she belonged was stationed in the south during the last three years of the war, and she was actively engaged in several important battles, among them the siege against Hood’s forces in Tennessee, in which more than half of Company G was killed.
The revelation of the identity of her sex was made two years ago in Livingstown county, Ill., where she was employed as a chauffeur. One day she crawled under the car, which started suddenly and its wheels passed over her, breaking her right leg. When she was taken to a hospital her sex was revealed.