The DeGress Battery

Battle of Atlanta

The DeGress Battery, click photo to enlarge.
By Byron Hooks, on 2007/08/01 14:45:51
1. The DeGress Battery

The DeGress Battery

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.

060-96. Georgia Historical Commission 1956

Distinguishing numbers/markings on the plaque:
GHM 060-96

Location of the monument:
This monument is visible from the road. It is located at N 33° 45.612  W 84° 21.183. Map it

To reach this monument:
Marker is at the intersection of DeGress Avenue and DeKalb Avenue, Atlanta, GA.

Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Atlanta Battlefield.

There are 15 monuments nearby.

Manigault's Brigade (approx. 0.1 miles away) ; The Railroad Cut (approx. 0.1 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) ; Restoring the Line (approx. 0.4 miles away) ; Benton's & Coltart's Brigades (approx. 0.5 miles away) ; Harrow's Div. 15th A.C. (approx. 0.5 miles away) ; Augustus Hurt House (approx. 0.5 miles away) ; Brown's & Clayton's Divs. (approx. 0.5 miles away) ; Noon Under the Trees (approx. 0.7 miles away) ; Sweeny's Division Encamped (approx. 0.9 miles away) ; Attack from the West (approx. 1 miles away) ; Map all of the Monuments on the battlefield.

Other monuments to the 1st Illinois Artillery Company/Battery on others battlefields:

Allegiance: Union
Type: Tablet (plaque)
Level: Company/Battery
Military Arm: Artillery


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