Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington Rides 40 Miles Waking up Patriots with the Urgent Warning that the British were Fast Approaching

Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode 40 miles through Putnam and Dutchess Counties waking up patriots to join the militia, led by her father, Colonel Henry Ludington, delivering the urgent warning that the British had burned Danbury, Connecticut, and were fast approaching. Born in New York in 1761, Ludington was the eldest of Henry and Abigail’s twelve […]