And even George Washington came calling, and thanked her.
She was but Sweet Sixteen, while Paul's age was forty.
His miles were sixteen, but her mileage was forty!
So why's she forgotten, un-revered in history
While Revere has the spotlight? It is quite a mystery!
But any poor poet, no matter how sincere,
Must embellish the story that promotes his career.
So, in spite of the stellar job Washington said Sybil'd done
Poor Longfellow failed to find any rhymes for "Ludington.'
But the poet found words that would rhyme with Revere,
And his mighty pen caused the real hero to disappear.
And that is how Paul Revere's ride became history,
While Sybil waits still, for the telling of "Sis"-story.
This is a true story. Except for, possibly, my allegations against Longfellow: I confess, I do not know whether he ever tried to find a rhyme for Ludington.
And in the spirit of full disclosure, I do not believe anyone knows for certain that Sybil "deftly evaded one or two ambushes." However, it is known that deserters, thieves and other unsavory types camped in the woods in those areas, and a young, unarmed girl riding a valuable horse would have certainly been courting danger, day or night.
Sybil was called upon to serve the independence of her newly forming country a short three weeks after her 16th birthday. She had just finished helping her mother put all her younger siblings to bed when an exhausted rider arrived from Danbury with the news that the British were burning the city.