Historic Markers Across Alabama

Emma Sansom

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Location: on West Meighan Boulevard (U.S. 431) east of North 22nd Street, in the median, Gadsden, Alabama
County: Etowah
Coordinates: N 34° 1.452    W 086° 2.118
  34.0242    -86.0353
Style: Carved Stone **
Waymark: None


Here on the morning of May 2, 1863 Emma Sansom braved the fire of Colonel Streight's sharpshooters as she guided General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his gallant cavalrymen to the ford at this spot where they crossed Black Creek, at that time a raging torrent. Her brave act enabled General Forrest to relentlessly pursue Colonel Streight and his army of raiders and force their surrender twenty one miles southwest of Rome. GA.

This marker is lovingly dedicated to a woman worthy of being remembered by her countrymen as long as courage is deemed a virtue.

Dedicated on this Day May 2, 1963

End of Emma Sansom