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Sybil Ludington Is Known As The Female Paul Revere

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Paul Revere's famous midnight ride pales in comparison to the American Revolutionary War ride of sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington. Just eight days after Revere's roughly 20-mile ride, Sybil rode 40 miles by horseback in the pouring rain to gather her father's troops and to warn the countryside of incoming British soldiers. Fearless.

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Statue of Sybil Ludington on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel, New York by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

Taking Care of Business

On April 26, 1777, Sybil's father, Colonel Ludington, was notified that a British attack was to occur in Danbury, Connecticut—25 miles from his home in New York. Sybil to the rescue! She gathered her father's troops, and, unlike quiet Paul Revere, Sybil shouted that the British were burning Danbury and urged the militia to assemble at the Ludington residence. (By the way, neither hero uttered the phrase, "The British are coming!")

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By the time Sybil returned home, she had assembled around 400 men, ready to take on the British. That's a pretty impressive feat for a single person, not to mention a teenage girl. According to the National Women's History Museum, Sybil's heroic ride went on to be recognized by General George Washington himself.

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Underrated War Hero

Throughout the Revolutionary War, Sybil contributed to the effort by acting as a messenger. Her hometown of Undilla, New York was even renamed Ludingtonville in her honor, and the U.S. Post Office issued a stamp in 1976 to commemorate her ride.

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