Try to imagine a time when life was far harder, and kicking back in the recliner, watching TV, surrounded by all of the comforts of home after a long day, wasn’t even a fanciful thought. Instead, vigilance and invasion by a foreign entity of your town or home without any notice was what was on the brain of freedom seeking people in this country. Even your own home was not a safe space.
Sixteen year old Sybil, another young American patriot would have been a strong voice for Liberty in organizations such as Turning Point or the Tea Party today, but it wasn’t to be her time.
What made her such an advantage to the freedom and reform movement anyhow? Well Sybil’s father was a ranking Colonel who, in a battle situation required to muster reinforcements to counter an enemy attack while simultaneously planning his defense.
His troops were scattered over a 30-mile loop of country side and he had no mechanized transport or radio to help facilitate contact. Left with no one to call upon for help, Sybil, the only capable person available to get out a desperate call for help, chose to react to what she believed to be her call to duty.
In her selfless act of courage, she rode for what seemed an eternity to notify as many as 400 troops who were ready to do battle to defend a lifestyle only dreamed of by authentic freedom seeking Americans.
Modern day Americans have no experience or even a vision of what it’d be like to have a foreign influence coming to our shores to combat us, challenging our constitutional rights and freedoms. We live free in part due to the bravery of men and women like Sybil. None of us will ever know the sort of person Sybil was, or what passions she owned inside that would allow her ride 30 miles, alone, and risk life and limb to warn others of an invading enemy.
She really did help to thwart Americans being slaughtered. This time on American soil where there was no safe space for anyone to hide. You see, Sybil Ludington’s time was during the time of another Tea Party and revolution, some 240 years back.
At the night attack, the British did burn Danbury, Connecticut, an important supply depot for the Continental Army, but because of Sybil, many people were prepared and escaped death.
‘ was indeed significant. It was not at all unlike Paul Revere’s trip. Today, Sybil’s heroism is memorialized with just a poem written by American poet Berton Braley, commemorating her historical ride, and a bronze statue, that stands honoring her bravery and passion for liberty, in Carmel, New York.