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Emma Sansom Monument

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Erected 1906 by Gadsden Chapter of The United Daughters of The Confederacy. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series. Location. 34° 0.67′ N, 85° 59.99′ W. The monument is at the intersection of Broad Street and South 1st Street, in the median on Broad Street.

The Emma Sansom Monument marks the Memorial Bridge's entrance (bridge opened in 1927 dedicated to the memory of the Etowah County World War 1 heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country). The monument stands in memory of the Gadsden heroine. When the enemy had burned the bridge over Black Creek, Sansom mounted behind Gen. Forrest and showed him a ford where his command crossed. He pursued and captured that enemy and saved the city of Rome, GA.

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In memory of the Gadsden Alabama girl heroine Emma Sansom, who when the bridge across Black Creek had been burned by the enemy, mounted behind Gen. Forest and showed him a ford where his command crossed. He pursued and captured that enemy and saved the city of Rome, GA. A grateful people took the girl into their love and admiration, nor will this marble outlast the love and pride that her deed inspired. Our heroes 1861-1865 The Confederate soldiers. These were men whom power could not corrupt, whom death could not terrify, and whom defeat could not dishonor. They glorified the cause for which they fought.

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