The DeGress Battery

The DeGress Battery (HM62Z)

Location: Atlanta, GA 30307 Fulton County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 45.617', W 84° 21.195'

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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.
HM NumberHM62Z
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number060-96
Year Placed1956
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 1:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 745139 N 3738725
Decimal Degrees33.76028333, -84.35325000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 45.617', W 84° 21.195'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 45' 37.02" N, 84° 21' 11.70" W
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Area Code(s)404, 770, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 230 Degress Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307, US
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