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William H. Deehong (DeShong)

1859                Whitehall Street, Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

William H. Deehong  (DeShong) was recorded in an announcement on November 19, 1859 in The Daily Exchange (Baltimore, Maryland).  Atlanta, Nov. 17.—A fire broke out here last night at 11 o’clock and burnt until 2 o’clock this morning, consuming much valuable property.  It originated in a drug store, near Shackelford’s auction room, and burnt to the Fulton Bank.  The Intelligencer newspaper office is in ruins, and two of the next blocks up Whitehall Street.  The flames then spread from Markum corner up Alabama street to Down’s grocery, and thence up Whitehall street to Holbrook’s hat store.  The principal property destroyed was…Deehong’s daguerreotype gallery…

The same announcement also ran in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  William H. DeShong is recorded in in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Early Georgia Photographers, 1841–1861: a Biographical Checklist, Compiled by E. Lee Eltzroth.

[1] Address from Early Georgia Photographers, 1841–1861: a Biographical Checklist, Compiled by E. Lee Eltzroth