Question of the Week: 8/27-9/2/18

The ECW Weekender post about John Wesley Powell got us thinking about the post-war, civilian life accomplishments of Civil War veterans.

Is there a Civil War veteran’s post-war story or contributions that stands out to you?

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13 Responses to Question of the Week: 8/27-9/2/18

  1. Mike Maxwell says:

    Grenville M. Dodge
    Appointed Colonel of 4th Iowa Volunteer Infantry in July 1861, Dodge was seriously wounded at March 1862 Battle of Pea Ridge (Arkansas); then was instrumental in organizing an Intelligence Network that assisted General U.S. Grant in achieving ultimate Victory. Finishing his war career as Major General — and at one time in command of the XVI Army Corps — Grenville Dodge left off re-uniting the North and South, and focused instead on connecting the East and West… via the Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869.

  2. John Foskett says:

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. ‘Nuff said.

  3. jfepperson says:

    Washington Roebling did OK …

  4. Douglas Pauly says:

    I always enjoy watching “Ben Hur”, courtesy of Lew Wallace.

  5. Eric Sterner says:

    William McKinley, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Stanley Matthews, all from the 23rd Ohio. Two presidents and a supreme court justice isn’t too bad. I think we can even toss a few other politicians and Harrison Otis of Otis elevator in there.

  6. Ed Root says:

    A moment to reflect on what might have been by all those who never lived to make a difference…….


  8. Chris Kolakowski says:

    Wesley Merritt and Arthur MacArthur for what they did in the late 19th-Century Army and then combining with George Dewey to win world power status in Asia for the United States.

  9. Chris Mackowski says:

    I’m just as fascinated with Grant’s life as a writer in the last months of his life as I am with his military or political careers.

  10. Victor Vignola says:

    Captain Eli Lilly, 18th Indiana Battery, served John Wilder’s Brigade heroically – in particular at Chickamauga. Lilly was trained as a pharmacist and later developed the mega-company that now bears his name.

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