Historic Markers Across Georgia



The DeGress Battery



Marker ID: GHM 060-96
Location: DeGress Ave (where it turns east) N of DeKalb Ave, Atlanta
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.612    W 084° 21.183
  33.7602    -84.35305
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1YA7
The DeGress Battery  Marker  



Text:

July 22, 1864. Light Battery H, 1st Ill. (four 20-pounders), Capt. 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 (Confederate) broke the Federal line at the R.R., forcing Martin´s brigade, S. of it & Lightburn´s N. of it, to wthdraw 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.

GHM 060-96 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956



 

 

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