Sybil Luddington, Age 16, Helped America Happen

Sybil Ludington was born on this day, April 5, 1761. She was the daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington. On the night of April 18, 1775. Revere made his famous ride and history remembers him well, because of the famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who would tell the tale, saying:

“Listen my children and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere . . .”

Paul Rever rode through the town warning rebels. But he was one of five who rode. The others were Samuel Prescott, Israel Bissell, William Dawes, and Sybil Ludington, who at that time was only 16 years old

 

On the way, she fought off a highwayman

 

Each April since 1979, the Sybil Ludington 50-kilometer footrace has been held in Carmel, New York. The course of this hilly road race approximates Sybil’s historic ride, and finishes near the statue which was erected in her honor on the shore of Lake Gleneida, Carmel, New York.

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