As a boy Grenville Dodge worked as surveyor on the railroad. He graduated from Norwich University as a civil engineer, then worked in the West, surveying for railroads and becoming a partner in a banking firm. In the Civil War, Dodge was wounded commanding a division at the Battle of Pea Ridge. Appointed Major General in 1864 he fought at the Battle of Atlanta and was shot in the head. He remained in the Army but was transferred to the West, where he fought in the Indian Wars. In 1865 while escaping from a war party in the Black Hills, he discovered a pass for the Union Pacific Railroad. The next year he resigned from the Army and became the chief engineer for the Union Pacific and a leading figure in constructing the Transcontinental Railroad.
This Grenville Dodge mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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