Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1835, California. Accredited
to. California. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Citation: 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.
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)