Frances DeGress was born in Cologne, Germany; February 10, 1840. He mustered into Federal (Union) service as a 2nd Lieutenant on January 1, 1862 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Throughout the war the 24 year old DeGress served in Battery H and was promoted to Captain on December 25, 1863 and assumed command of Captain Battery H, 1st Illinois Light Artillery made up of four 20 pound Parrott rifles (cannons).
At the battle of Atlanta, DeGress' guns fired canister out of their 20-pound Parrotts, which consisted of 48 shot in each round but staggered and reeled under the sheets of lead and eventually broke, flying back into Sharp's Brigade. Jones begged DeGress to withdraw his guns, but it was too late. He ordered his two guns on the left to fire canister south at the Confederates less than 20 yards away, then DeGress ordered the guns spiked. He and his crew abandoned the field.
DeGress was commissioned Captain, and made the DeGress Battery famous under General Sherman's command. The Battery participated in all of the battles in which the Fifteenth Corps was engaged, and was one of the working Companies of that famous Corps at Vicksburg, Mission Ridge, Atlanta campaign, March to the Sea, and finally marched in review before the President at Washington, and was mustered out with the rest of the Fifteenth Corps. The flag in the scene is the national flag of the Union.
- Condition mint.
- Limited edition of 500
- Image 18" x 29" Overall: 24.25" x 33"