From the Rutland Daily Herald, May 18, 1934:
John Shannon, 88, of Granger street, a Civil War veteran, died at the Vermont Soldiers' home at Bennington yesterday after a brief illness, exactly one month after the death of his wife, Mrs. Honora Shannon.
The aged veteran enlisted with the 17th Vermont infantry during the Civil war, and remained in the service for three years after its close. He was an employee of the city of Rutland for many decades. The survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Landry of this city and Mrs. T.F. Daley of Westfield, Mass.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at St. Francis De Sales church, Bennington. The burial will be in Calvary cemetery in this city.
Note: Obituary appears to be in error. A pension card and an 1891 book of Rutland veterans has him as a member of the 17th U.S. Inf., Co. D. He was a Private, serving from May 30, 1864 to May 30, 1869. His pension card also has him as "unassigned" to the 22nd New York Cavalry. Records indicate this was from April 14-May 6, 1865.
The following information is from his great-granddaughter mary desrosier:
Concerning John Shannon in the service...He was from Malone, New York. He enlisted April 10,1865 from Constable, Franklin county, New York. I don't think he was in long as he was 15 when he enlisted and was a drummer boy that got shot in the eye.
Hanora Griffin Shannon
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