Colonel Neal Dow
Hand-colored lithograph
Published by John Russell, ca. 1865
Maine Historical Society; purchased with funds from the Edward Foley Memorial
Fund

When Civil War came, the Napoleon of Temperance took his campaign to the front by forming his own dry regiment, the 13th Maine. The Colonel was eventually taken prisoner. On July 4, 1863, Capt. John Franklin of Bangor wrote of Dow's capture, "A small squad of rebels gobbled him up and took him to the confederacy, where I hope he will stay the remainder of his life."

Mainers were either hot or cold about Dow, never lukewarm.