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Grenville M. Dodge

Railroad Engineer and Union General Grenville M. Dodge

Full Name: Grenville Mellen Dodge
Profession: Railroad Engineer and Union General

United States of America

Biography: Dodge was crucial for the Union during the American Civil War for his intelligence gathering abilities, and was a pioneer in developing the field of military intelligence. A trusted soldier of Ulysses S. Grant, Dodge held several commands, notably the XVI Corps during the Atlanta Campaign.

His talents did not end with the civil war - he was also an engineering pioneer, and did much to develop railroads in the western and southwestern United States after the conflict, including by helping to direct construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.

He also served as a member of the US Congress for Iowa from 1867 to 1869.

Born: April 12, 1831
Birthplace: Danvers, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Aries

Died: January 3, 1916 (aged 84)

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Historical Events

  • 1864-07-22 Battle of Atlanta: General Sherman's Union side defeats Confederate troops under General Hood, with 8,449 Confederate and 3,641 US casualties
  • 1864-07-28 Battle of Atlanta, Georgia (Ezra Church) - second sortie US700 CS4642
  • 1869-05-10 Golden Spike driven, completing the 1st US Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah and connecting the Central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific