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Grenville M. Dodge, U.S.V.
Major-General Grenville M. Dodge, U.S.V.
Major-General Grenville M. Dodge was born in Danvers, Massachusetts,
April 12, 1831. He received considerable military training as a boy at
Norwich University, and had as a classmate the brilliant young general,
Ransom. He moved to the West and secured a position on the engineer corps
of the Rock Island Railroad, and was soon entrusted with the survey of the
Rock Island road to Peoria. While here he prophesied the building of, and
the route for, the first great Pacific Railroad, a line to which, in later
years, he was to become so potently related. After finishing his Peoria
survey he was for some years in Iowa, in the employ of the Mississippi &
Missouri Railroad Company, and finally settled in business at Council
Bluffs, Iowa, where he was engaged in the manifold interests of banker,
real-estate dealer, and freighter when the war of the Rebellion commenced.
Dodge having previously organized a militia company at Council Bluffs,
hastened to tender himself to the State government; but, not having any
arms, Governor Kirkwood sent him to Washington, and by his energy and zeal
obtained what the members of Congress could not get for the State,-arms
The War Department, recognizing his push and ability, offered him a
captaincy in the regular army, which Dodge declined. Then an additional
regiment of Iowa volunteers was accepted from the governor, on the express
condition that Dodge should be its colonel. The Fourth Iowa Infantry was
immediately organized at Council Bluffs, and in two weeks' time Colonel
Dodge was leading it against the rebels in Northern Missouri. He did not
wait for the government to slowly clothe and equip it, but pledged his own
credit for the purpose, and at the same time recruited a battery in like
||It was Dodge's regiment that
first entered the city at the battle of Springfield, and at Pea
Ridge his brigade saved Curtis's army from disaster, although he was
there wounded and had three horses killed and a fourth wounded under
him. Colonel Dodge was then promoted brigadier-general, and, after
recovering from his wounds, was assigned to duty at Columbus,
Kentucky, with the task set before him of rebuilding the Mobile &
Ohio Railroad. This was through a long stretch of country, where
every mile had to be watched and every stream and bridge guarded
from guerillas, but by the 26th of June, 1862, General Dodge had
trains running from Columbus to Corinth.
November 15, 1862, General Grant appointed Dodge to the important
command of Corinth.
All sorts of business talent was required in his position of general,
engineer, judge, railroad manager, chief of corps of observation, etc.,
and both Grant's army at Corinth and Rosecrans's army at Chattanooga
relied on him for all information as to the movements of the enemy. He
built all railroads needed in his department, and those that could be of
use to the enemy he destroyed; he intercepted and defeated all raiding
parties and almost effectually put a stop to guerilla warfare. He was of
great assistance to our own raiding parties, in one of which, under his
protection, twenty million dollars of supplies for Bragg's army was
About this time President Lincoln called him to Washington to consult
about the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. When Vicksburg fell,
Grant recommended Dodge for important promotion in recognition of his
services. Then Grant succeeded Rosecrans, and he sent for Dodge for one of
his fighting generals, but before he reached him he ordered him to halt
and rebuild the railroad from Decatur to Nashville. This he did in forty
days. After this he participated in all the campaigns of the Western army.
He with his corps (the Sixteenth) covered himself with glory at Atlanta,
where he was subsequently wounded. After recovering, he was assigned to
the Department of the Missouri until the close of the war.
Since the war days, General Dodge's career has been one of great business
and political importance. He was elected to Congress over a rival
possessed of many and varied accomplishments, and on going to Washington
was recognized as an authority on all great national questions. His
important duties in connection with the completion of the Union Pacific
Railroad-a directorship and the executive position he held in that great
corporation led him to decline re-election to Congress. In Iowa he is
still a great projector and constructor of railways, and is credited with
near association with the first capitalists of the nation. His home is
still in Council Bluffs, though a large portion of his time is spent in
New York City, where his counsel is sought by capitalists and engineers.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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