Women played a very important role in history but are often left out of school textbooks. That is why it is important to talk about the role these women played in famous events. Once such famous event is Paul Revere’s ride.
But Paul Revere was not the only person who undertook an important ride during the Revolutionary War. There was also a 16 year old girl named Sybil Ludington who rode to warn about the British.
Sybil was born on April 5, 1761 and died on February 26, 1839. She was born in Fredericksburg and was the oldest of 12 children. Her parents were Abigail Knowles and Henry Ludington.
On April 26, 1777, Sybil’s father learned that a nearby town called Danbury was under attack by the British troops. This posed a problem as the regiment had temporarily disbanded to handle planting season. That placed the men at their farms which were miles apart.
There are two accounts of what happened next. One account is that her father asked Sybil to ride and alert the men of the nearby danger. The other account is that Sybil volunteered. Either way the result is the same.
Sybil got on her horse, Star, and rode all night to alert the men of the danger that was so close. Estimates say that she rode somewhere between 20 and 40 miles total. This ride allowed hundreds of soldiers to gather and help fight the retreating British soldiers.
After the war was over, Sybil married a man named Edward Ogden in 1784. Together the two had one son named Henry. Henry grew up to become a lawyer and to have a family of his own.
While many people do not know anything about Sybil’s ride during the war, she is still honored in several different ways. There are memorial markers located along the location of her legendary ride. Plus the United States Postal Service created a stamp in her memory in 1975. Her actions were amazing and especially brave when considering she was only 16 years old at the time.