Sergeant, Company C, 7th New Hampshire Infantry.
Place/date of action: Near Richmond, Virginia, October 1864
Date of issue: 10 May 1884
Citation: Gallantry while in command of his company during a reconnaissance toward Richmond.
George P. Dow of Atkinson, N.H. enlisted as a private on 14 Oct 1861, in neighboring Plaistow, NH. He was mustered in on 6 Nov. in Manchester, and was soon promoted to corporal. On the 18th of July, '62, he was again promoted, to 1st Sergeant. He was mustered out of service on 22 Dec 1864. He had been wounded several times during his three years with the regiment, though not injured bad enough to remove him from active duty.
In October of 1864, while in command of his company, which held the extreme left of the regimental line, the unit became separated from the others while on reconnaissance in the vicinity of Richmond. Upon reaching the enemy breastworks they halted, then realizing the rest of the regiment was not behind them, and called a retreat. Being the first of the Union troops to reach that close to the city, the information gathered was of great importance once they returned to their lines.
George was a farmer in Atkinson, later becoming the proprietor of a country store in town, and was its postmaster for 26 years. His former homestead still stands, across from the town common named for him.
Deeds of Valor, pg 436-7
History of the Seventh Regiment: pg 96 (photo), pg 530 (bio)
Muster Out Roll for Company C [family search link]