Native American History of Dodge County, Georgia

Dodge County is located in south-central Georgia. It is named after William E. Dodge (1805– 1883) – a New York capitalist, congressman, abolitionist, carpetbagger, philanthropist and Native American advocate. Its county seat is Eastman. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now The existence of Dodge County is the direct result of a group of investors, led by Dodge, accumulating over 300,000 acres in south central Georgia during the early days of Reconstruction. Deeds to the properties were often obtained through illegalities made possible by martial law in a defeated land. After Dodge’s death, law suits pertaining to the land acquisitions, continued for over fifty years. Dodge used his influence on the Reconstruction state government in Atlanta to convert his property holdings into a new county in 1870. He also obtained a franchise to construct a railroad from Macon, GA to Brunswick, GA through his fiefdom. William Dodge played a very important role in the Indian reforms of the 1870s. He was co-founder of the United States Indian...

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