Sybil Ludington: Female Paul Revere
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Her family had a gristmill, where wheat and grains are ground into flour, and a sawmill. The mill was built mostly by the women because the men were away in military service at the time. The family did a good business in the mill.
Sybil had a horse named Star. She was a good rider and enjoyed riding Star.
Sybil's Later Years
Sybil was a teenage heroine who, through her courage and strength, helped in our country’s fight for independence.
II. Sybil Ludington's Ride
You may have heard of the Ride of Paul Revere in April 1775. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a famous poem about Paul Revere’s ride. Paul Revere had three people to help him ride to warn the colonists of coming of the British.
Sybil Ludington was a 16-year-old girl who rode alone over 40 miles in the dark of night to rally her father’s soldiers. Her ride took place two years after Paul Revere’s ride, yet little is know or written about her heroic deedSybil's Heroic Ride
Sybil Ludington’s father needed her help on the night of April 26, 1777. The British were burning the town of Danbury and Colonel Ludington needed someone to ride and alert his men.
So she set out on that cold, dark, rainy night. She rode 40 miles through forests, and over the countryside to tell her father’s regiment to muster at the Ludington home. To muster means to gather together.
There were skinners about in the forests. Skinners were men who attacked people to get their money, belongings, or their horses. Sybil
Sybil was cold, wet, and frightened, but she kept on riding, kept on knocking on doors to wake the men and tell them to muster at the Ludington’s home. When she arrived home in the morning she found Colonel Ludington’s 400 men in her front yard ready to fight the British.
Because of her heroic ride, the regiment was able to drive back the British and to save the lives of many people. General George Washington came to the Ludington home to personally thank Sybil for her efforts.dington home to personally thank Sybil for her efforts.
In 1975, the U.S. Postal Department issued a Sybil Ludington stamp. Today there are markers along the highway, marking the route of her ride. There is also a statue of Sybil riding Star in Carmel, New York.
She is buried in the Presbyterian cemetery in Patterson, New York, alongside her father and mother.
Most people have heard or read the poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. But few have heard the poem, Sybil Ludington’s Ride, by Berton Braley.
Longfellow’s poem begins,
Braley’s poem begins,
Many other writers have written poems, songs, articles, and stories about Sybil as well. Sybil was important because she helped our country to gain its independence from England.