Sybil Ludington

Sybil Ludington

Ludingtonville, Putnam County, New York, USA
Death 26 Feb 1839 (aged 77)
Catskill, Greene County, New York, USA
Burial Patterson, Putnam County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 2539 · View Source
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Revolutionary War Hero. Sybil Ludington was a typical 16 year old girl in 1777. She was putting the younger children to bed on the night of April 26, 1777, when word reached her house that the British were burning the town of Danbury, Connecticut, which was only 25 miles away. Her father was a colonel in the local militia. His men were scattered over a wide area around the Ludington house in Fredericksburg, New York (now Ludington). Sybil convinced her father to let her ride and summon the men. She rode on horseback over 40 miles on dark, unmarked roads to spread the alert. Her course took her down through Carmel, on to Mahopac, and around to Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills and back home. She rode alone with only a stick to prod her horse Star and to knock on the doors spreading the alert in time. The men whom she helped to gather arrived just in time to help drive the British, under the command of General William Tyron (who was also colonial governor of New York), back to their ships in Long Island Sound. In this day and age a sixteen year old girl alone on a darkened street is not safe. One can only imagine what it was like being a 16 year old girl aiding the rebellion during war-time within such a short distance from the fighting and alone with no one for protection. Sybil Ludington was a true American Hero. Sybil's contribution to the war was not forgotten. Present day visitors to Putnam County New York can trace her path on that midnight ride by following markers placed along the route, and view a statue of her erected in 1961 on Route 52 beside Gleneida Lake in Carmel on the route.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sybil Ludington (5 Apr 1761–26 Feb 1839), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2539, citing Maple Avenue Cemetery, Patterson, Putnam County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .