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First Sergeant George P. Dow

Date(s) of Letter(s) Little, Henry F. W.  The Seventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion.  Concord, New Hampshire:  Seventh New Hampshire Veteran Association, 1896. 
March 11, 1862
Roster entry:  Dow, George P.  Co. C; b. Atkinson; age 21; res. Atkinson; enl. Oct. 14, '61; must. in Nov. 6, '61, as Priv.; app. Corp. Nov. 15, '61; Sergt. July 18, '62; 1 Sergt. Dec. 28, '63; must. out Dec. 27, '64.  Awarded medal of honor under resolution of Congress No. 43, approved July 12, '62, and section 6 of act of Congress approved Mar. 3, '63, for gallantry Oct. '64, in reconnaissance toward Richmond, Va.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, George Dow enlisted as a private in Company C.  He was promoted to sergeant in 1862; and to first sergeant in 1863.  "During his service he participated in the battle of Morris Island, the assault on Fort Wagner, the battle of Olustee, Fla., the battles of Chester Station, Va., Drury's Bluff, Hatch's Farm, Deep Run, Spring Hill, New Market Heights, Laurel Hill, Darbytown Road, and the several reconnaissances toward Richmond and all the minor engagements in which the Seventh participated.  He received a congressional medal of honor for gallantry in the field....During his service he was slightly wounded three times, and proudly refers to the fact that he was never in the hospital a day."  Dow was discharged on December 22, 1864, by reason of expiration of term of service.    (pp. 530-531).