of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
WOOD, ROBERT B.
Rank and Organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: New Garden Ohio. Accredited
To: Ohio. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Attached to the U.S.S. Minnesota and temporarily serving on the U.S.S. Mount
Washington, during action against the enemy in the Nansemond River, 14 April 1863. When
the U.S.S. Mount Washington drifted against the bank and all men were driven from the
decks by escaping steam following several successive hits which struck her boilers and
stopped her engines, Wood boarded the stricken vessel and, despite a strike on the head by
a spent ball, continued at his gun for 6 hours as fierce artillery and musketry continued
to rake her decks.
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