Who is she?
Sybil Ludington was a heroine of the American Revolutionary War who, mounted on her horse, Star, became famous for her night ride on April 26, 1777 to alert rebel forces to the approach of the British regular forces.
Her feat was similar to that performed by the famous Paul Revere, but she rode twice the distance he did, and was only 16 years old at the time.
On April 26, 1777, Sybil rode 40 miles to warn militiamen under the control of her father that British troops were planning to invade Danbury, Connecticut. Unlike the famed Revere, little was spoken about Sybil’s ride, and the only record of the event was written by her great-grandson. She managed to defend herself against a highwayman with a long stick along the way, which she also used to bang on doors to wake up farmers and alert them to the British approach.
Why should we thank her?
Thanks to her efforts, the British troops’ damage on the area and loss of life was limited. Sybil is a war heroine and should be remembered as such – but her story is a reminder to us all that women are often left out of history.
“Let me! I can ride as well as any man!”