Historic Valley Forge

Sybil Ludington

Q.I am having difficultly learning about a woman who reputededly was involved in the famed Paul Revere warning of redcoats coming. Have you any information of this, or any such information about women, other than the wives visiting their husbands?
Susan Casey, Annapolis, MD

Staue of Ludington

Statue of Sybil Ludington in Carmel, New York
by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

A.You are probably referring to Sybil Ludington. She didn't ride with Paul Revere on his famous ride in 1775, but went on a similar ride a few years later. On April 26, 1777, Sybil, the 16 year old daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, and her family in Fredericksburg, NY, were warned of an impending British attack across the state line at Danbury, CT. Danbury was a supply depot for the Americans with approximately 200 or fewer Continental troops on guard. Col. Ludington was in charge of a militia unit, the members of whome were scattered about the surrounding community.

Sybil mounted her horse and took a 40 mile ride throughout the countryside late that night, waking militia members as she went. The men were not able to save Danbury, but eventually the troops were able to push the British back to their ships at Long Island, New York.


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