of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1835, California. Accredited
To: California. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
As captain of the gun, serving temporarily on board the U.S.S. Mount Washington, during
the Nansemond River action, 14 April 1863. When one of his comrades was struck by a bullet
and knocked overboard, Woods fearlessly jumped into the water and swam after him. Before
he reached him, the man sank beneath the surface and Woods promptly swam back to the
vessel, went to his gun, and fought it to the close of the action. At the close of the
battle, he tirelessly cared for the wounded.
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