DOW George Parsons

DOW George Parsons

Male 1840 - 1910  (70 years)

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  • Name DOW George Parsons 
    Born 7 Aug 1840  Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    George P. Dow birth record
    George P. Dow birth record
    Gender Male 
    Military Between 14 Oct 1861 and 27 Dec 1864  [3
    as a Corporal, Sergeant and First Sergeant with Co. C, 7th NH Inf. Regt. Awarded the Medal of Honor. 
    • (Congressional Medal of Honor

      DOW, GEORGE P. Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 7th New Hampshire Infantry. Place and date: Near Richmond, Va., October 1864. Entered service at:------. Birth: Atkinson, N.H. Date of issue: 10 May 1884. Citation: Gallantry while in command of his company during a reconnaissance toward Richmond.

      A SERGEANT WHO WISELY DISBELIEVED
      During operations before Richmond, Va., in October, 1864, the Seventh New Hampshire Infantry was stretched out in a single line in order to ascertain accurately the strength of the enemy's defenses. Company C was at the extreme left and had a rather peculiar experience, which Sergeant George P. Dow, who was in command, describes as follows:
      " Advancing we came to a large stream and a bridge over which I led my company. We marched on, but the cannonading was so terrific that we could not hear the bugle from which we were to take orders. Still we advanced till we came to a clearing and presently found ourselves in front of the rebel breastworks mounted with guns and large bodies of infantry lying behind them. For some reason or other the enemy did not open on us. We halted and it was then that I made the startling discovery that my company had been separated from the regiment, which, as I afterward learned, had stopped at the stream. There was but one way out of our dangerous situation; we had to retreat. I gave the order, but in the roar of cannons and the smoke of firing we became confused and we missed the bridge and had to swim the stream. After thus grossing the water we marched for some distance and finally arrived at a farm-house, where we found a woman apparently only too willing to help us find our way.

      " 'Which direction has our line of battle taken? ' I asked her.

      " She pointed toward Richmond. I knew she was not telling the truth and took my company in an opposite direction. A little later we met one of our aides, who warned us that we were in danger of being gobbled up by the enemy's cavalry, so we started at a double-quick and found the regiment drawn up in the woods.

      " My company in this advance had got nearer to Richmond than any Union troops had yet done, and the information we brought back was of great importance to the Army of the James."

      Source: Deeds of Valor, p. 436

      Service Record: Promoted to Full Corporal on 15 Nov 1861.
      Enlisted in Company C, New Hampshire 7th Infantry Regiment on 06 Nov 1861.
      Promoted to Full Sergeant on 18 Jul 1862.
      Promoted to Full 1st Sergeant on 28 Dec 1863.
      Mustered out on 27 Dec 1864.)
    Census 2 Jun 1900  Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • (age 59; farmer; married 34 years; owned farm free of mortgage.)
    _UID 2CFD1F0BC57545AAA3BCE431363502126FD9 
    Died 28 Sep 1910  Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Buried Aft 28 Sep 1910  Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    Old Burial Ground AKA Old Atkinson Cemetery 
    Farley monument
    Farley monument
    George Parsons Dow - father
    Julia A. (Carlton) Dow - mother
    William C. Farley, M.D. - son in law
    Mary A. (Dow) Farley - daughter
    George Parsons Dow military marker
    George Parsons Dow military marker
    Medal of Honor
    Person ID I92480  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2011 

    Father DOW Moses,   b. 10 Jul 1810, Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1868, Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother HANSON Sally P.,   b. 22 Jan 1808, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1870, Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 28 May 1835  [1
    Family ID F36836  Group Sheet

    Family CARLTON Julia Ann,   b. 9 Mar 1842, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1866  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. DOW Mary A.,   b. 21 Sep 1866, Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1945  (Age 78 years)
     2. DOW,   b. 24 May 1880, Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1880, Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2014 
    Family ID F36838  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Aug 1840 - Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 2 Jun 1900 - Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Sep 1910 - Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Old Burial Ground AKA Old Atkinson Cemetery - Aft 28 Sep 1910 - Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire
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    George Parsons Dow
    George Parsons Dow

  • Sources 
    1. [S4269] Book-The Book of Dow, p.740.

    2. [S4877] LDS-New Family Search, 24 April 2011; George P. Dow birth record; New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900; gs film number: 1000498; digital gs number: 4243732; image number: 00471.

    3. [S4240] Internet-Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire 1861-65Deeds of Valor. How our Soldier-heroes won the Medal of HonorMedal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994.

    4. [S4239] Census-1900-NH-Rockingham-Atkinson, Roll: T623_950; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 180.

    5. [S4122] Book-Atkinson - Then and Now, p.267.

    6. [S86] Death-gravestone, Old Burial Ground AKA Old Atkinson Cemetery; Atkinson, NH.