of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Scotland.
Accredited To: Illinois. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Served on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and
at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863. Engaging the enemy in a fierce battle, the
Cincinnati, amidst an incessant fire of shot and shell, continued to fire her guns to the
last, though so penetrated by enemy shellfire that her fate was sealed. Serving
courageously throughout this action, Dow carried out his duties to the end on this proud
ship that went down with "her colors nailed to the mast."
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