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The Midnight Ride of ... Sybil Ludington

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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.

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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
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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
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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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