Albert Cashier was a union Soldier who was remembered for moments of pure bravery and determination. Captured by the Confederacy, he managed to escape hundreds of soldiers and his infantry recounted, later, how, seeing the Union Flag fall from the pole, he climbed in, resetting the flag, cheering he other soldiers on, all while being shot at.
He served with honor throughout the war and was discharged honorably at the end, having made friends among everyone he served alongside, people who trusted him and believed in him. He started a business after the war with one of them and kept working honorably as a citizen.
In speeches given after the war, his name was used often, amid cheers from his fellow infantry, as an example of the kind of valor that wins wars.
It is speculated that hundreds of women fought as men in the Civil war for the Union, against slavery, to put the country back together, and that most returned to their lives as women afterward.
The fact that Albert, born Jennie Hodgers, lived his life until he died, quietly and responsibly, as a man, suggests to historians that he was a Trans man.
Today, the US military is the number one employer of Trans people in the country, and they continue to serve with honor.
More of us should know the name Albert Cashier, though.
Watch this video to learn more.
illuminates the 19th-century trailblazing of Albert Cashier, a transgender man who fought in the Civil War.
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