Upshur County, C. S. A. / Emma Sampson Johnson
Home County of Southern Heroine
1847 - 1900
"Sunbonnet heroine" of the Confederacy. Buried Little Mound Cemetery, 11 miles west. On May 2, 1863 Gen. N. B. Forrest, with 600 C. S. A. Cavalry, in pursuit of 1,700 Federals bent on destroying vital supplies was halted by a burned bridge on Black Creek near Gadsden, Alabama. Forrest asked about another crossing, Emma Sansom volunteered to show way to little-known ford. Forrest swung her up behind his saddle. Bullets pierced here calico dress, but the 15-year-old waved her bonnet defiantly and pointed out the crossing, enabling troops to surprise, capture enemy. Feat recognized by note from Forrest, a gold medal from C. S. A. Congress and "The Ballad of Emma Sansom." She married Confederate veteran C. B. Johnson and moved to Texas in 1876. Texans with Forrest were 1st Legion, Willis Cav. Bn., 34d, 6th, 9th Cav. Regts.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • Political Subdivisions • War, US Civil • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is May 2, 1863.
Location. 32° 43.741′ N, 94° 56.679′ W. Marker is in Gilmer, Texas, in Upshur County. Marker is at the intersection of West Tyler Street (Texas Route 154) and Davis Street, on the right when traveling west on West Tyler Street. On Courthouse lawn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Tyler Street, Gilmer TX 75644, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherokee Trace (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Houston Spoke Here (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S.A. Leather Factories (within shouting distance of this marker); The Looney School (within shouting distance of this marker); Upshur County Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); 1925 Gilmer Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Gilmer Mirror" (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church of Gilmer (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gilmer.
Also see . . . The Encyclopedia of Alabama on the exploits of Emma Sampson (Johnson). (Submitted on September 11, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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