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Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The DeGress Battery
 
The DeGress Battery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Felch Dumas, July 22, 2008
1. The DeGress Battery Marker
 
Inscription. July 22, 1864. Light Battery H, 1st Ill. (four 20-pounders), Capth. Francis DeGress, was posted here on right of M.L.Smithís div., Loganís 15th A.C. Shells from these guns are said to have been the first to fall in Atlanta.

Late afternoon, Manigaultís brigade (CS) broke the Federal line at the R.R., forcing Martinís brigade, S. of it & Lightburnís N. of it, to withdraw. DeGressí gunners spiked the pieces & the horses were shot to prevent the removal of the guns by their Confederate captors.

The line was retaken in a counter-charge by Martin & Lightburn, aided by Mersyís 16th A.C. brigade; Capt. DeGress re-possessed his guns.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 060-96.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 45.617′ N, 84° 21.195′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of DeGress Avenue and DeKalb Avenue, on the left when traveling north on DeGress Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30307, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Troup Hurt House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manigault's Brigade (about 800 feet away); The Railroad Cut (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 15th Corps Sector (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site: The Pope House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal Signal Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baker's Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Springvale Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
The DeGress Battery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Felch Dumas, July 22, 2008
2. The DeGress Battery Marker
 

 
Also see . . .  The "Battle" of Inman Park. Placing a 20th century place name on a 19th century battle, but none-the-less detailing the actions in this phase of the Atlanta Campaign. (Submitted on July 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 909 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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