Private, Co. I, 11th New Hampshire Infantry
Place/Date of Action: Petersburg, VA, 17 June 1864
Date of Issue: 1 Dec 1864
Citation: With two companions, he rushed and disarmed 27 enemy pickets, capturing a stand of flags
On the date of action, the 11th NH Infantry was with General Griffin's Brigade, at the front line near Petersburg. General Potter's Division in the Ninth Corps had the job of running through a ravine and breaking the rebel lines. Dropping their gear to prevent noise, the 11th NH led the 260 men in a 3 A.M. attack, quickly running through the pickets and headed for the breastworks. Private Rowe, with Jeremiah Batchelder, also of Co. I, and Sgt. Solomon Dodge of Co. C, ran around to the rear of a rifle pit, and surprised the men inside. "Surrender, you damned rebels" they yelled, and the 27 soldiers quickly dropped their weapons.The trio led their captives back to their own lines, along with a Confederate flag Pvt. Rowe had snagged [see write-up in "Deeds of Valor" for more on this story].
A month later, the 11th NH was part of the Mine Explosion at Petersburg on July 30th. Henry Rowe was shot in the right shoulder, and spent his remaining term in the hospital (Pvt. Batchelder, mentioned above, was killed in action the same day).