Photo of Sybil Ludington Statue at the Danbury Library  (famous women statue of women hero's monuments)

Sybil Ludington: Born April 5, 1761 in Dutchess County, New York. The eldest of 12. On the night of April 26, 1777 her family received word that British troops had begun burning Danbury 25 miles away.16 year old Sybil convinced her father to let her ride to warn her father's troops which were scattered over a large area around the neighboring towns. At 9:00 P.M. and ending around dawn, she rode 40 miles. She was known as the "female Paul Revere". She used a stick to prod her horse and knock on doors. Sybil was congratulated for her heroism by friends and neighbors, and by General George Washington. She passed away on February 26, 1839. She was 77 years old. Married lawyer Edmund Ogden & had one Son. Though her name is mostly spelled "Sybil", her tombstone displays her name as "Sibbell". She signed her Revolutionary War pension application as "Sebal", which is apparently the spelling she preferred. Her sister Mary spelled her name "Sebil." In the 1810 census, she is listed as "Sibel.",

A Mighty Girl: History Biography    Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride   Sybil's Night Ride


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