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 Emma <I>Sansom</I> Johnson

Emma Sansom Johnson

Birth
Social Circle, Walton County, Georgia, USA
Death 9 Aug 1900 (aged 53)
Upshur County, Texas, USA
Burial Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 10788038 · View Source
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Civil War Folk Figure. At age 16, on May 2, 1863, Union soldiers burned a bridge near her family home in order to flee Confederate soldiers. Emma rode with Rebel General Nathan Bedford Forrest showing him a way for his men to cross the river. In Gadsden, Alabama there is a monument to her memory, as well as a park and a school named after her. A historical marker at the Gilmer, Texas, courthouse lawn honors her as the 'Sunbonnet Heroine' of East Texas.

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  • Created by: Russ
  • Added: 15 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10788038
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Emma Sansom Johnson (2 Jun 1847–9 Aug 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10788038, citing Little Mound Cemetery, Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Russ (contributor 309) .