“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

The DeGress Battery

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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.Smith’s div., Logan’s 15th A.C. Shells from these guns are said to have been the first to fall in Atlanta.

Late afternoon, Manigault’s brigade (CS) broke the Federal line at the R.R., forcing Martin’s brigade, S. of it & Lightburn’s N. of it, to withdraw. DeGress’ 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 Mersy’s 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. Touch 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
The DeGress Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, July 22, 2008
2. The DeGress Battery Marker
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
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.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,375 times since then and 3 times this year. 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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