About 30 feet from the Forrest monument is this marker detailing the exploits of John H. Wisdom. He lived in Gadsden, AL at the time of the raid. He set off on horseback to alert the towns ahead (the largest being Rome) of Streight's approach. Wisdom did not know that Forrest was close on Streight's rear but he wanted to alert the militia so they could make a defense. He did alert the militia in Rome on May 3rd. Since Streight surrendered that day there was no need to continue riding ahead of the Union raiders.
The other famous incident of the raid is when 15 year old Emma Sansom led Forrest to a ford so that he could continue his pursuit of Streight. Streight burned the bridge over Black Creek near Gadsden, hoping to delay Forrest a few hours. When Forrest arrived he asked at the nearby Sansom house if there was another bridge nearby, Streight had used smoldering coal from the Sansom house to ignite the bridge. Emma told Forrest the nearest bridge was 2 miles away in Gadsden. She then told Forrest she could take him to a spot that cows used to cross the creek. She wanted to saddle her horse but Forrest didn't want to wait and said she could ride on his horse. Emma pointed out the ford and allowed Forrest to continue the pursuit. When Forrest dropped Emma back at home he also gave her the following note:
Hed Quarters in Sadle
My highest regardes to Miss Emma Sansom for her gallant conduct while my posse was skirmishing with the Federals across Black Creek near Gadsden Alabama.
Brig. GenI. Comding N. Ala.—
There is a monument to Emma in Gadsden but I've never been there, otherwise I'd have a picture here to share.