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Cdv of General Grenville Dodge (from album of the 1st Medal of Honor)
Cdv of General Grenville Dodge, which came from the album of the first Medal of Honor recipient, Bernard J. D. Irwin. Great ink identification on the front and back, Anthony b/m. Wear as shown.

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Dodge, Grenville M., major-general, was born in Danvers, Mass., April 12, 1831, was graduated in Capt. Partridge's military academy, Norwich, Vt., in 1850, and in 1851 moved to Illinois, going thence to Iowa, and was employed as a civil engineer in railroad construction work until the outbreak of the Civil war. He was sent to Washington in 1861 to secure arms and equipments for the Iowa troops, was successful in his mission, and on returning to Iowa was appointed colonel of the 4th Iowa regiment, which he had raised. He served in Missouri under Fremont commanded a brigade in the Army of the Southwest, and a portion of his command took Springfield, Feb. 13, 1862, opening Gen. Curtis, Arkansas campaign of that year. At the battle of Pea ridge he commanded a brigade on the extreme right, had three horses shot under him in that engagement and was severely wounded in the side. For gallantry he was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, March 31, 1862, and in June of that year he took command of the district of the Mississippi and built the Mississippi & Ohio railroad. He was one of the first to organize negro regiments. He defeated Gen. J. B. Villepigue on the Hatchie river, Oct. 5, 1862, captured Col. W. W. Faulkner and his forces near Island No. 1O, and in the autumn of 1862 was placed in command of the 2nd division of the Army of the Tennessee. During the Vicksburg campaign, with headquarters at Corinth, he made frequent raids, and indirectly protected the flanks of both Grant and Rosecrans, and for his services was placed at the head of Gen. Grant's list of officers recommended for promotion. He distinguished himself at the battle of Sugar valley, May 29, 1864, and at Resaca, May 14 and 15, 1865, and for his services at these engagements was promoted major-general of volunteers June 7, 1864 In the Georgia campaign he led the 16th corps of Sherman's army and distinguished himself at Atlanta, July 22, withstanding with eleven regiments, a whole army corps, and at the siege of that city, on Aug 19, where he received a wound so severe as to incapacitate him for service for some time. He succeeded Gen. Rosecrans in the command of the Department of Missouri in Dec., 1864, became commander also of the Department of Kansas and the territories in Feb., 1865, breaking up bands of guerrillas and marauders and defeating hostile Indians, and receiving the surrender of Gen. Smith's army in Missouri, and Gen. Merriwether Jeff Thompson's command in Arkansas. Gen. Dodge was chosen chief engineer of the Union Pacific railroad on May 1, 1866, and resigned from the army to accept the office. He served in the 40th Congress, 1867-69, as representative from Iowa, but declined renomination. He was chief engineer of the Texas & Pacific railroad from 1871 to 1881, and then removed to New York city. Gen. Dodge was a delegate to the Republican national conventions of 1868 and 1876, held the office of president of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, and was at one time commander of the Loyal Legion. He was appointed major-general in the war with Spain, in 1898, but declined the honor.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 8