Dow Common Civil War Memorial
You almost have to be a long time local resident to fully appreciate this Civil War monument and the name of the common itself.
Sgt George P Dow was a native of Atkinson, and mustered into the 7th New Hampshire Volunteers at Manchester at the end of 1861. His family had roots back to the Colonial Era, so it wasn't any surprise that George volunteered, or that at least three other Dow cousin are listed upon this monument.
The oddyssey of the 7th could fill several pages of text as it moved down to Ft Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas of Florida, back to St Augustine and up to Fort Clinch. They fought an extremely bloody engagement at Fort Wagner and then marched inland to the minor debacle that was the Battle of Olustee. By the fall of 1864 the 7th has been up and down the eastern seaboard and the names of the muster list are far different from those that it first held.
Sgt George Dow was leading a group of men from Company C on a reconnaissance detail toward the front lines at Richmond, Virginia. As often happened, heavy canon fire led to a great deal of confusion and Dow realized he and his men were not only well separated from the main body of the 7th, they were eye to eye with the defending Confederate forces - closer than any other Union squad had been able to reach.
Dow took mental notes of positions, numbers, and types of force; artillery, cavalry and infantry. With difficulty he got his men back and he reported his information to his superiors. For his efforts Dow was awarded the Medal of Honor.