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The Midnight Ride of ... Sybil Ludington

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April 18th was my grandmother's birthday, which was why she often regaled us grandchildren with a retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem, Paul Revere's Ride :

Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year

While many Americans today believe Longfellow's version as gospel, the poet took significant liberties in his retelling of the story, as Revere was one of many dozen riders that night, some of whom even rode longer distances.

Even Revere's artistic contributions -- his unequalled silversmithing skills -- have been eclipsed, undeservedly, by the ghostly vision of him galloping through the shadows.

At the time of Revere's ride, many of the Patriot leaders, including John Hancock and Samuel Adams, had bounties on their heads, and had left Boston to hide out in the countryside. So it was to warn them of possible impending capture or assassination that both Paul Revere and William Dawes were dispatched from Boston to ride separate routes to Lexington.

One if by land, and two if by sea,

And I on the opposite shore will be

Ready to ride and spread the alarm

Through every MIddlesex village and farm

For the country folk to be up and to arm

The two lanterns in the bell tower were actually not for Revere's benefit, as Longfellow's poem infers. By the time Revere left Boston, he surely knew the path the Brit Regulars would take. In fact, his most important ride had been just two days before, probably in the much less poetic daylight hours, to warn Concord of the imminent movement of the British troops.

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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
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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
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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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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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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
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