hv/100 = a to z: July 4th (on the 5th)

J = July 4th. But what story? “So, I’m going to let A Mighty Girl, and the animated series Liberty’s Kids tell you in more than 100 words the story of Sybil Ludington – an unknown who should be known,” she said. “And thanks to Donna W. for sharing the facebook post: “Sybil Ludington,” she added.

A Mighty Girl

Sybil Ludington

Sybil Ludington

At approximately 9 pm on April 26, 1777, Sybil, the eldest daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, climbed onto her horse and proceeded to ride 40 miles 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.

{Liberty’s Kids – a biased, not always historically accurate cartoon with tales from the American Revolution. Two teens as journalists (British girl, American boy). Second half moves story to Benedict Arnold.}

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