Sybil Ludington's Ride
If you think Paul Revere was the only one who made a daring late-night ride to warn colonists of approaching British soldiers, think again. There were several riders who set out in April of 1775, including one woman: Sybil Ludington. She was the 16-year-old daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, who asked Sybil to ride out and alert his men to gather and fight the British. Sybil rode through what is now Putnam County, New York, for 40 miles, a significantly longer ride than Paul Revere’s. Thanks to Sybil’s ride, almost all of her father’s men were gathered at their home by daybreak and marched soon after for Danbury, Connecticut, to fight. Although the men were too late to save Danbury, George Washington came in person to the Ludington house to thank Sybil for her help and bravery.