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Sgt W Irving Shannon
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Birth: 1844
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1864

Washington I Shannon
1860 Federal census of Fulton County, Illinois.

1st SGT Co G 85th Illinois
Residence ASTORIA, FULTON CO, IL Age 18 Height 5'5 Hair LIGHT Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER
Nativity TUSCARAWAS CO, OH

Service Record
Joined AUG 11, 1862 FULTON CO, IL
Joined By CPT CUMMINGS Period 3 YRS
Muster AUG 27, 1862 PEORIA, IL

1SGT KILLED IN ACTION AT KENESAW MOUNTAIN GA JUN 27, 1864
-Illinois Civil War database

Pvt Co G 55th Illinois
Joined OCT 12, 1861
Period 3 YRS
Muster In OCT 31, 1861 CHICAGO, IL
DISCHARGED FOR DISABILITY (WOUNDS) JUN 10, 1862
-Illinois Civil War database

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History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
by
Henry J. Aten
1901

CHAPTER XXXIII.
Pages 433 - 449

SERGEANT W. IRVING SHANNON was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, in 1842, and removed with his parents to Illinois in 1850, where they settled on a farm near Astoria, in Fulton county. He first enlisted October 12, 1861, in Company G, Fifty-fifth Illinois Infantry, and was severely wounded at the battle of Shiloh, Tenn., and was discharged for disability resulting from wounds, June 10, 1862. He again enlisted August 12, 1862, and was chosen sergeant at the organization of Company G; served with the company until mortally wounded in the assault on Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, June 27, 1864, and died before assistance could reach him. The remains of this brave veteran soldier are buried at No. 8739 in the national cemetery at Marietta, Ga.

So many of the young men from the south part of Fulton county had entered the army in 1861 that few were so sanguine as to expect that more than one company could be raised in and around Astoria when recruiting began in the summer of 1862. But by the middle of August enough had enlisted to form two full companies.

Company G was enrolled by the Hon. S. P. Cummings between the 11th and 16th of August, the nucleus of the company being the overflow form Company H, it having been the first organized. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: William McClelland, captain; Lafayette Curless, first lieutenant, and John M. Robertson, second lieutenant.

The record shows that 20 of the officers and men belonging to his company were hit with shot or shell in battle, 8 of whom were killed, 1 died of wounds, while 11 received wounds which did not prove fatal while in the service, 9 died of disease, 11 were discharged for disability, 16 were transferred and 36 went home together when the regiment was disbanded.

The company was commanded by officers who were brave and enterprising, and, for genuine loyalty and devotion to duty, Company G was the peer of any organization in the service. While the writer feels that his heart is big enough to take in the whole of the Eighty-fifth, there will always be a warm corner reserved for the "boys of Company G".
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SHANNON, IRVING
2ND SGT US ARMY
CIVIL WAR
DATE OF DEATH: 06/27/1864
BURIED AT: SECTION H SITE 8739
-VA 
 
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 Parents:
  Enos Shannon (1807 - 1876)
  Malinda Johnston Shannon (1812 - 1886)
 
 Siblings:
  John W. Shannon (1831 - 1873)*
  Nathan Shannon (1833 - 1901)*
  Thomas H Shannon (1835 - 1916)*
  Eliza R Shannon Bowman (1836 - 1870)*
  W Irving Shannon (1844 - 1864)
  Asell D Shannon (1849 - 1912)*
  Nancy J Ashcraft (1855 - 1935)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: H-8739
 
Created by: Janet
Record added: Dec 24, 2008
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- Denny Roach
 Added: Aug. 26, 2011
Job well done Soldier - Welcome Home!!
- Denny Roach
 Added: Aug. 26, 2011
virtual cemetery 85th ILL Inf on my home page
- Debra
 Added: Nov. 17, 2010
 
 
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