A veteran of 40 Civil War skirmishes and battles kept one secret under wraps: her breasts. Union Army soldier Albert Cashier was really Jennie Hodgers, one of hundreds of women who fought in the war. "The country needed men, and I wanted excitement," Hodgers said. She also benefited from 19th-century male-only rights like a paycheck, a ballot, and an independent life, NPR reports.
When the military uncovered Hodgers' deception, former comrades fought for her veteran's pension. Hodgers settled in sleepy Saunemin, Ill., where the remains of her house inspire pride in some residents and shame in others to this day. The town plans to rebuild the house and organize historical tours. "I wouldn't like to think that that's what puts us on the map," says one farmer, "but maybe it is."