He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (or perhaps Harrisburg), in about 1842/43, to John A Shannon and Mary A [unknown family name]. [source: date: 3 (18 in 1861), 7 (19 in 1865), 8 (19 in 1865). place: 3 (Philadelphia), 8 (Harrisburg). parents: 5, 7]
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair. [source: 3]
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 25 September 1861. He was enlisted for three years, by Captain Dye, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company F. [sources: 1, 3, 9-10]
He was discharged at Alexandria, Virginia, on 12 June 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 2, 3). He was a private, in company F (10).
On 15 August 1862, he was mustered into service in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was a musician in company I. On 18 May 1865, he was discharged, by general order. [sources: 4, 5, 6, 9-10]
On 26 June 1865, he died, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of tuberculosis. Members of the the 118th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry were invited to the funeral. His death notice includes a poem. The funeral was held in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; they departed from the house of his step-father John G Weaver. [sources: 7, 8]
On 23 June 1881, his mother, Mary A Weaver, successfully applied for a pension. [sources: 4, 5]
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Simon C Shannon)
2 company F, register of men discharged (Simon C Shannon)
3 company F, descriptive roll, #42 (Simon C Shannon)
4 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (Simon C Shannon)
5 pension index, by name (Simon C Shannon)
6 Bates, volume 3, page 1337 (accessed on Making of America, 18 July 2012) (Simon C Shannon)
7 death notice, Public Ledger Wednesday 28 June 1865, page 2 (Simon Cameron Shannon)
8 death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylavnia, 26 June 1865 (Simon S Weaver Shannon)
9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Simon C Shannon)
10 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Simon C Shanan)
SHANNON--On the 26th inst., SIMON CAMERON SHANNON, son of the late John A. Shannon, and grandson of the late Henry Sprigman, of Harrisburg, Pa., aged 19 years. He was a member of the Corn Exchange Regiment, 118th P.V.
The relatives and friends of the family, and members of Corn Exchange Regiment, 118th P.V., wishing to see him, are respectfully invited to call at the residence of his step-father, Mr. John G. Weaver, [illegible] South Fifth Street, this (Wednesday) morning, before 9 1/2 o'clock, as the funeral will proceed to Harrisburg a 10 1/2 o'clock.