Francis DeGress Papers
Collection number: ahc.MSS998
Scope and Content
The collection primarily contains materials pertaining to the activities of Captain Francis DeGress during and after the Civil War. Some of the documents include personal accounts of battle activities by Captain DeGress, field reports, military certificates, correspondence, official records of DeGress' Battery, and ledgers documenting clothing accounts for soldiers under his command. Of special interest is a letter from Theodore Davis to Mrs. Francis DeGress describing Captain DeGress' prominence in the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta. Also included in the collection is a personal account by Captain DeGress of the 22 July 1864 battle near Atlanta.
- 1862-1917, undated
- DeGress, Francis, 1840-1883 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.
Frances DeGress was born in Cologne, Germany, February 10, 1840. He mustered into Federal service as a 2nd Lieutenant on January 1, 1862, at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Throughout the war he served with Battery H, 1st Illinois Light Artillery. DeGress was promoted to Captain on December 25, 1863. He assumed command of this battery, which later became known as "DeGress' Battery." DeGress mustered out June 14, 1865 with the permanent rank of Captain and brevet rank of Major. After the war, he ran a firearms business. He died in 1883 in Mexico City and is buried in the Mexico City National Cemetery.
2.5 linear ft. (2 document cases and 1 oversize box)
System of Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically by subject headings assigned by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Susan DeGress Maynard, 2009 (2009.187)
America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Collection processed in 2010
- Atlanta (Ga.) -- History
- Atlanta Campaign, 1864
- Atlanta Cyclorama (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Cycloramas -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- DeGress, Francis, 1840-1883
- Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
- Military maneuvers -- Georgia
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Registers
- Frances DeGress Papers
- Melanie Stephan
- January 2011
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- Finding aid is written in English.