Historic Markers Across Alabama

Sansom Family Cemetery

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Location: On W Meighan Blvd west of 22nd St, Gadsden, AL
County: Etowah
Coordinates: N 34° 01.455    W 086° 02.117
  34.02425    -86.03528333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMPTAR


In this cemetery are buried members of the family of Emma Sansom heroine of the War Between the States, whose home was nearby.
Buried Here Are:

    Micajah Sansom, father of Emma Sansom
    Mattie Forrest Johnson, Infant daughter of Emma Sansom
    Robert Turner, a Confederate soldier killed in the skirmish at Black Creek
    Aunt Fanny, a beloved Negro Mammy

It was May 2, 1863 that Colonel A. B. Streight, U.S.A., raced through Gadsden after having burned the bridge across Back Creek with General Nathan B. Forrest, C.S.A., close behind. Emma Sansom was standing on a rail fence watching the bridge burn when General Forrest rode up and inquired if there were other crossings over the creek which was flooded at the time.

Forrest carried a large amount of artillery and frequently dismounted his troops and fought them as an infantry unit, necessitating heavy wagon equipment. Miss Emma Sansom recalled that she had seen cows fording the creek nearby. She mounted behind General Forrest and piloted him and his anxious army down a ravine and across the creek, enabling them to save Gadsden and Rome, Georgia from destruction and to capture Streight's 2,000 men with only 800 Confederates.

Emma Sansom married Christopher Johnson and moved to Little Mound, Texas where she is buried.

End of Sansom Family Cemetery