Grenville M. Dodge
(April 12, 1831 - January 3, 1916)
The following summary was borrowed from Union Pacific Railroad History page
General Grenville M. Dodge 1831 - 1916. Civil War General and Chief Engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad during construction. No other man would be more important or more closely identified with the history of the Union Pacific and all western railroading than General Dodge. Trained as a civil engineer, Dodge would influence the Union Pacific's destiny from the first survey to its reorganization thirty years later.
The following summary was borrowed from another web page that I did not bookmark and was not able to find again.
Probably the best known was Grenville Dodge, who became a general during the Civil War. Dodge fulfilled two important functions: he supervised the rebuilding of many southern railroad lines which enabled the Union army to move quickly through the South; and he directed the counter intelligence operation for the union Army, locating Northern sympathizers in the South who, in turn, would relay information on Southern troop movements and military plans to military men in the North.
In 1963, Grenville Dodge was inducted into the Great Westerners section of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK.
He is buried in the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Council Bluffs, IA.
Information compiled by Steve Grimm
Drawing by Richard Florence
Books About Western Railroad Expansion
Nothing Like it in the World by Stephen Ambrose
This is a book I have yet to read, but expect great things from this historical author. His book about Lewis and Clark was wonderful.
Hear that Lonesome Whistle Blow by Dee Brown
This book is a history of railroad construction in the west and includes Grenville Dodge's part in this engineering feat. Lots of political intrigue and greed.
The Railroaders by Time Life Books
I usually don't recommend Time Life books as sources of history because they are careless with facts and don't do their research. This one as far as I can tell is good with fine photos and illustrations. This book is part of the defunct series 'The Old West'. Many books in this series can be found is used book shops although the complete series is hard to obtain.