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Military Monday – James E. Shannon Surgeon’s Certificate

The following is a partial transcription of James E. Shannon’s Surgeon’s Certificate. See page 1 here and page 2 here.

Date of Examination: June 24, 1891.

Original Pension Claim No. 975223

James E. Shannon, Rank, Pvt & Corp Company C, 2 Reg’t Ark Cav      Marshfield Mo State,

High Prairie Mo      June 24, 1891

We hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully examined this applicant, who states that he is suffering from the following disability, incurred in the service, viz: Injury to right leg, Disease of lungs, eyes, heart, kidneys and stomach.

He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for Original

About 17 years ago my right thigh was fractured and my right hip is out of place. I have pain in left breast all the time. I have no disease of kidney or stomach that I know of

Upon examination we find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, 84; respiration, 20; temperature, 99; height, 5 feet 9 inches; weight, 156 pounds; age, 55 years. Injury to right leg result of fracture of thigh & surgical neck of femur, 2 1/2 inches shortening. Lamness & limited motion. No evidence of disease of lungs, eyes, heart, kidneys, or stomach. No other disability found. disability permanent and not result of viscous habits and incapacitated for manual labor 3/4

He is, in our opinion, entitled to a 10/18 rating for the disability caused by injury to right leg & hips for that caused……..

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Military Monday – Civil War Service of James E. Shannon


NAME OF SOLIDER: James E. Shannon

Southern Div

Bureau of Pensions.

No. 975223 June 15, 1891  Invalid

SIR: It is alleged that the above-named man enlisted May 16, 1863, and served as a [unreadable] in Co. C, 2 Reg’t Ark Cav also as a ………………. in Co. ………………, Reg’t …..………, and was discharged at ……………………… on Aug 20, 1865.

No. of prior claim none

The War Department will please furnish an official statement in this case, showing date of enrollment and date and mode of termination of service.

Very respectfully,

[unreadable] Commissioner

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James Shannon and Elizabeth Galbraith

Continuing with James E. Shannon, today I will discuss his family briefly. James married Elizabeth Galbraith 16 Nov 1865 in Lawrence Co., Arkansas, just a few months after being discharged from the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry (Union) Civil War unit.

The couple resided in Lawrence Co., until 1870 where they are found in Clinton, Texas Co., Missouri. James and Elizabeth had the following children:

  1. William Henry Clay Shannon b. 26 Sept 1866 in Imboden, Lawrence, AR
  2. Malinda H. Shannon b. 29 Dec 1867 in AR
  3. Marion Emmet (M.E.) Shannon b. 11 Mar 1870 in Mountain Grove, Wright, MO
  4. George S. Shannon b. 17 Aug 1871 in MO
  5. Robert Jackson Shannon b. 10 Aug 1873 in Texas Co., MO
  6. James W. Shannon b. 1 Oct 1879 in MO
  7. Fred F. Shannon b. 25 Mar 1886 in MO

Fred F. Shannon continues the line of descent to my friend of a friend.

James E. Shannon was a farmer his whole life, as was his father before him, from the records I have gathered. James owned many acres of land in Lawrence Co., (became Sharp Co.) Arkansas in 1861. When he moved to Missouri he again purchased land. According to the U.S. Federal Census, James owned $200 in Real Property and $200 in Personal Property in 1860 and in 1870 he increased his Real Property value to $500 and his Personal Property value to $225.

Check back for more on the Shannon family as I reveal information about James’s Civil War life.

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