Grenville Mellen Dodge in the Civil War

Union Spymaster, Railroad Builder and Organizer of the Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry


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About the Book

In 1861, Colonel Grenville Dodge organized the 4th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment and led them off to war. They had few uniforms or weapons and were more of a mob than a military unit, but Dodge shaped them into a fighting force that won honors on the battlefield and gained respect as one of the best regiments in the Union army.
Promoted to the rank of major-general, Dodge became one of the youngest divisional, corps and departmental commanders in the Army. A superb field general, he also organized a network of more than 100 spies to gather military intelligence and built railroads to supply the troops in the Western Theater. This book covers Dodge’s Civil War career and the history of the 4th Iowa, who fought at Pea Ridge, Vicksburg, Chattanooga and Atlanta.

About the Author(s)

The late James Patrick Morgans wrote more than 200 periodical and magazine articles as well as four books. He lived in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bibliographic Details

James Patrick Morgans
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 31 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7069-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2142-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
Preface  1
Introduction  3
1. War Comes to the Prairies  7
2. “Who were those ­black-coated devils?”  42
3. Battle Tested  75
4. “The last full measure”  117
5. Postbellum  159
Chapter Notes  173
Bibliography  183
Index  189