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The Midnight Ride of ... Sybil Ludington

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She rode her steed like an angel from heaven.

With the Brits burning Danbury, her father, the colonel

Had no choice but to charge her with the journey, nocturnal.

The fate of a new nation was riding that night,

On young Sybil Ludington, her horse, and their flight.

And no poetic moon shone its bless'd light upon her,

As it thundered and stormed across thither and yonder.

Rain drenched her clothes, branches pelted her face,

As she galloped on dark, muddy paths to each place.

Choosing carefully the houses of the Patriot allies,

Passing up those of Brit supporters and Tories,

She rapped on the doors of those who would trust her,

And shouted, "make haste - to Ludington's to muster!"

And lo! As she galloped, through the dark of the night

A glimmer - and then, a gleam of bright light!

The fires of Danbury, just a few miles away,

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
 

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and so are you.... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:28:10 AM
And you ain't ezzakly chopped liva yaself! LOL T... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:31:44 AM
I'm sorry I was an adult by the time I found out a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:29:21 AM
Great story! Makes you wonder how many other fasci... by Greg Tamblyn on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 6:01:26 AM
Thank you!LOL I shoulda known you'd have a handful... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 8:30:29 AM
I wonder how many of the Chernobyl 'liquidators' w... by Ned Lud on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:27:33 AM
The Soviet code of labor (yes, it existed and was ... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 7:45:37 AM
I think you know more than you tell.That is a dist... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 7:58:18 AM
and you crack me up with your "yakkety yack" remar... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 8:07:17 AM
(K)To know me is to love me. :)-Ned-... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 8:21:27 AM
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I like hearing that "Soviet code had a provision o... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 8:06:14 AM
And she did all this riding sidesaddle? I'd love t... by Gail Davis on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 10:09:44 AM
Although in one account I think I read that she do... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:03:54 PM
I did a little more research tonight, and the writ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 1:29:02 AM
Thanks for writing about my hometown hero, Sybil. ... by Jeff Green on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:49:44 PM
I'm glad to know about the red stars, Jeff, I hop... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 8:24:15 PM
Delightful article and topic of Sybil Ludington's ... by Nimueh Rephael on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:51:03 PM
I am always excited at a chance to explore the gif... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 8:27:35 PM
How about any mentioning of Sybil in the official ... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 7:39:43 AM
Is the article you wrote about Martha Corey on thi... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 8:00:32 AM
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i will read this today!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 8:52:47 AM
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about Grace Sherwood, widowed mother of three, "Wi... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 9:08:05 PM
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