Past Event

Three Illinois Women During the Civil War

A Road Scholar Program by Betty Kay

Historical actor Betty Kay begins this presentation as Jenny Hodgers of Belvidere, Illinois, also known as Albert Cashier, a woman who passed as a man and fought in the Civil War for three years while hiding her true identity. Albert continued living as a man for years after the war, even voting years before women were legally allowed to do so.

Kay then portrays Mother Bickerdyke of Galesburg, Illinois, who established 300 field hospitals during the war and assisted wounded soldiers on nineteen battlefields.

She concludes the performance as Julia Dent Grant, wife of the Commanding General of the Union Army, participating in the victory parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, in May 1865.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Bruce Harmel at