A Civil War veteran with a central Illinois connection is on The Legacy Wall, on display at ISU's Milner Library through February 27. Albert D.J. Cashier was born Jennie Hodgers in Ireland. While a lot is known about his life, it's still not as much as others of the era because Cashier was illiterate.
So, there is no correspondence, there's no journal and there's no memoir. History has not forgotten his war contribution, and through others, a little is known about Cashier's post-war life in Saunemin, IL, in Livingston County, where his restored home still stands. But without written documents, McLean County Museum of History Librarian Bill Kemp tells WGLT's Mike McCurdy much of Cashier's life will remain a mystery.
Kemp says no one knows what the D.J. stood for and it's likely the D.J. stood for nothing.