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The DeGress Battery

 
 
The DeGress Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 22, 1852.
 
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
The DeGress Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Felch Dumas, July 22, 2008
2. The DeGress Battery Marker
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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. Touch for directions.
 
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); 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); Brig. Gen. A. M. Manigault’s Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,682 times since then and 103 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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Nov. 27, 2022