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- Civil War Prisoners, 1861-65
- Annie Wittenmyer, 1860s
- Grenville Dodge
- Grenville Dodge's Spy Network
- George Spencer: Spy
- Iowan's Views of Slavery
- Civil War Begins
- Iowans Go To War
- Governor Gathers an Army
- Iowa Regiments Leave for War
- Iowans Rebuild Railroad
- Civil War Battle in Iowa
- Iowans Fighting in Civil War
- Civil War Battle Re-enacted
- Iowa Deaths in Civil War
- Annie Wittenmeyer
- Annie Wittenmeyer Works for Soldiers
- Army Hospital Established in Keokuk
- Civil War Women
- Iowa's Civil War Heroes
- Iowans Return from the Civil War
- Grenville Dodge Builds Railroads
- Civil War Medal to Iowan
- Medal of Honor Recipient
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Iowans Rebuild Railroad
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In 1863 Confederate troops tore up tracks and bridges on the Nashville to Decatur Railroad, creating transportation problems for the Union Army. Grenville Dodge was once again called upon to help out. General Grant ordered Dodge to rebuild the railroad because of his experience as a surveyor and railroad engineer. Soldiers and escaped slaves were organized to repair damaged tracks. Some men cut timber for bridges and fuel, others repaired cars and locomotives and some worked as blacksmiths straightening rails and spikes. Other men were employed as butchers, millers and cooks who saw to it that the workers were fed. In only 40 days, Dodge and his men had laid 102 miles of track and had built 182 bridges.
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