Sybil Ludington, born on April 16, 1761 in New York, is considered to be the female equivalent of Paul Revere. At only 16 years old, she made a journey twice as long as Revere’s from her town of Mahopac to Stormville, which totals about 40 miles.
Her father, Col. Ludington was the leader of the local militia. In April of 1777, he received word that British troops were burning the town of Danbury and was unable to rally his troops because the men had been released to tend their farms. Col. Ludington sent Sybil to warn the militia members in several other towns to prepare for the impending attack by the British. Sybil traveled 40 miles on horseback on a stormy night. After the Danbury battle, Sybil was thanked for her help by George Washington who came to her home personally.
Sybil eventually married and moved to New York with her husband, Edward Ogden. She died in 1839. Since then, a town has been renamed in her honor and a statue has been put up in Carmel, New York. Although her name doesn’t appear in many history books, she was a very important figure in the war when she helped the colonists rally against a major Brittish attack.
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