Marker honors Sansom

Andy Powell
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A monument honoring Emma Sansom recently was placed on the Black Creek Trail near Black Creek by the Alabama Flaggers.

Words chiseled on the boulder note that Sansom guided Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest across Black Creek on May 2, 1863, and call her a “heroine of the Confederacy.”

Sansom was 15 when she volunteered to show Forrest a shallow portion of Black Creek where his men could cross, so Forrest could pursue and capture Union Col. Abel Streight, who was headed to Rome, Ga., to burn Confederate supplies.

A statue honoring Sansom was dedicated in 1904 on Broad Street, on the banks of the Coosa River near the present-day City Hall.

Freda Burton worked on getting the monument placed and said she was “so proud to be leaving it for generations to come.”

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