Sunday, April 26 2020

1777 Sybil Ludington's midnight ride

At approximately 9 pm on April 26, 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the eldest daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, climbed onto her horse and proceeded to ride 40 miles (twice as far as Paul Revere) 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.

Riding all night through rain, Sybil returned home at dawn having given nearly the whole regiment of 400 Colonial troops the order to assemble. 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. Although every American school child knows the story of Paul Revere, unfortunately few are taught about Sybil Ludington's courageous feat and her contribution to war effort.

To introduce your children to Sybil's story, we recommend "Sybil’s Night Ride," a picture book for children 4 to 8 ( and "Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride," an early chapter book for readers 6 to 9 (

She is also one of 20 women featured in the recent book, "Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue," recommended for teens and adults alike, 13 and up, at…

Sybil Ludington was the focus of an episode of Liberty's Kids, the animated educational historical fiction television series, which you can view on YouTube at -- or you can find the complete series on Amazon at

For an excellent book that explores women's contribution to the American Revolution, check out "Founding Mothers" for ages 7 to 12 at -- or the version for adult readers, "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation," at

And, for more true stories about heroic women during wartime, check out our new blog post, "Spies, Medics, Soldiers, & Peacemakers: 15 Women Wartime Heroes You Should Know," at

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