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Gadsden in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

John H. Wisdom

 
 
John H. Wisdom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
1. John H. Wisdom Marker
Inscription. His courageous ride of warning from Gadsden to Rome, Ga. on May 2, 1863 is unsurpassed in history.
 
Erected 1957 by Etowah County Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 0.656′ N, 85° 59.96′ W. Marker is in Gadsden, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is on Broad Street east of 1st Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker stand to the the right of the Broad Street Bridge when heading east. Marker is in this post office area: Gadsden AL 35901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emma Sansom Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Gadsden, Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Harvey Loyalty Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Gadsden Amphitheater (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gadsden Municipal Amphitheatre
Broad Street Bridge and the John H. Wisdom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
2. Broad Street Bridge and the John H. Wisdom Marker
(approx. mile away); Gadsden Times-News Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sisters Missionary Servants Of The Most Blessed Trinity (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gadsden.
 
Regarding John H. Wisdom. John Henry Wisdom known as the "Paul Revere of the South" traversed the 67 miles via buggy, horses and a mule from Gadsden, Alabama to Rome, Georgia to warn the people of Rome the impending arrival of Abel Streight's command of Union Troops. The grateful citizens of Rome gave the 42 year old Wisdom a $400 silver service and $400 cash for his warning the city of the potential arrival of Federal forces. John Wisdom made the ride because the Union forces had sunk his ferryboat and his mother lived in Rome.
 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,315 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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