Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: New Garden Ohio. Accredited
to: Ohio. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Citation: 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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)