Apr 30, 2014

Wednesday Women- Sybil Ludington




Sybil Ludington ( tho she spelled it Sebal) was a heroine of the Revolutionary war...She is famous for her midnight ride to warn American soldiers of the approach of the British regulars on the night of April 26, 1777 similar to the one to the  ride of Paul Revere...Except she was only 16 at the time of this event!! 

Her ride started at about 9 pm lasting until the dawn riding twice as far as Revere , over 40 miles...from Carmel to Farmer's Mills & back home again soaked for the rain & exhausted....... even defending herself along the way from a  highway man.... She had alerted almost 400 men who were ready to march under her father Col Henry Ludington at dawn
The British attacked Danbury CT on April 27 where supplies for the Continental army were stored... tho The Col & his men were too late to save Danbury, they were able to drive back the British to Long Island sound...
She was congratulated by neighbors & even Gen. George Washington...

In 1961 the statue pictured above was erected in honor of her heroism as well as a stamp in 1975 in the Bicentennial series...Since 1979, there is also a foot race held every year that covers the same route she took..
When you think of what that ride must have been like during that time period... her bravery to undertake it was tremendous...She sure didn't have  any street lights illuminating the way & even tho it was just past the Full Moon it was raining... so much of the ride was darkness  & very dangerous.....
What an amazing young woman... 

1 comment:

Janine said...

I found your blog recently and I'm enjoying your boho pictures :)

I've never heard of sybil Ludington before so I was very interested to read her story. An incredible feat! She certainly deserves that statue.

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