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The Horse-Riding Adventure of Sybil Ludington, Revolutionary War Messenger
About this product Synopsis Move over Paul Revere! In , on a stormy night during the Revolutionary War, the British army is burning the town of Danbury, Connecticut. American soldiers in the area are home on leave. They must be rounded up to fight back. Colonel Ludington is home with his wife and children, including his sixteen-year-old daughter Sybil.
He needs to stay behind to organize the attack. Sybil volunteers to ride out and tell the soldiers to gather at the Ludington farm.
Series - History's Kid Heroes
Alone, cold, and tired, she rides throughout the night. At approximately 9 pm on April 26, , Sybil, the eldest daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, climbed onto her horse and proceeded to ride 40 miles in order to muster local militia troops in response to a British attack on the town of Danbury, Connecticut — covering twice the distance that Paul Revere rode during his famous midnight ride.
While the regiment could not save Danbury from being burned, they joined forces with the Continental Army following the subsequent Battle of Ridgefield and were able to stop the British advance and force their return to their boats. Following the battle, General George Washington personally thanked Sybil for her service and bravery. Sybil Ludington: Revolutionary War Rider.
British soldiers are starting to burn villages in the area. Someone must alert the colonial militia, and the messenger is too tired.
Sybil volunteers to ride from farm to farm through the dark forest. Can she rouse the soldiers in time?
Marsha Amstel has practiced psychotherapy and family therapy in the Putnam County area for the past 30 years. Her office is in Putnam Valley, New York, and her favorite activities include walking, snowshoeing, and kayaking—very near the route that Sybil Ludington rode so long ago.
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