Recently I did a post about women who have secretly lived as men. I am not surprised that women can be convincing as men, it just surprises me that it is often a long-term success, especially in war.
Clearly they never had to get their kit off in front of the rest of the soldiers, this means no bathing and limited toileting. When a campaign can last for months and everyone lives in extremely close quarters these women would have to watch their every move!
A perfect example of these military Mizters* is shown in this article from 1914.
Albert Cashier was born in Ireland and came to America as a young stowaway, later serving as a soldier for sixty years and fighting with great gallantry in bloody battles.
After the war Albert went back to life as a workman.
Eventually due to age and infirmity he was admitted to the Soldiers Home in Quincy, Illinois, where, at the age of 72, a surgeon found that Albert was a woman.
Albert refused to give her name or any details of her history. After that amount of time living as Albert the soldier I expect there is no other person she would have wanted to be.
*Mizter- A woman living secretly and successfully as a man. I am hoping to see this term used somewhere else one day. I might have left my run a bit late though, women can bloke it up as much as they like these days without any need for secrecy… Oh well, back to the drawing board… 🙂