This Day in Georgia Civil War History
May 02, 1863
Emma Sansom Showed the Way
Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest received help from an unusual source in his pursuit of the Union forces in Alabama (soon to head towards Rome, Georgia). The Union forces had burned a bridge in Gadsden, AL to try and throw off Forrest’s pursuit. But a young girl - Emma Sansom - rode with Forrest on his horse to show him another place to cross the rain-swollen river. Sansom had been born in Georgia, before her family moved to Alabama. Because of Sansom’s help, Forrest was able to stay on the trail of the Union force, and would have a surprise for them the following day. To commemorate this event, statues of Emma Sansom have been erected in Gadsden.