Durant Hires General Dodge
Dodge earned a degree as a civil engineer and at one time worked as a surveyor for the M & M Railroad and owned a freight-shipping agency. In the Civil War, he served under Generals Sherman and Grant and helped repair Southern railroads. Several times, Thomas Durant urged Dodge to leave the war effort and join Union Pacific, but Dodge would not leave until he felt he had fulfilled his duty. His other condition: As chief engineer, he wanted absolute control of construction. Today, Grenville Dodge remains the one person most closely identified with the construction of Union Pacific.