Happy Independence Day!
This is an illustration of Sybil Ludington by Chiara Fedele. Sybil was a brave daughter of Henry Ludington, a New York militia officer and later aide to Washington himself. In the story recounted by her nephew, Charles Ludington, he tells how in the spring of 1777 Sybil’s father sent her on a Paul Revere-like ride to warn fellow Patriots of the Redcoats’ attack and rally them to help defend the region. The town of Danbury, Connecticut, the stronghold of weapons and supplies for the area, was under attack from royally-appointed Governor William Tryon of North Carolina. Sybil rode for 40 miles on her horse, possibly named Star, between Mahopac and Stormville, Putnam County, New York (located about 70 miles north of New York City). Her story was made popular during the Revolutionary war’s centennial in 1876.
Having an adventurous spirit myself and having four daughters who are strong, adventurous, and fierce in their own way, I am certainly a proponent of strong women! I love to celebrate these moments through history and thought I would share her story as we celebrate the birth of our nation 246 years ago. God bless America!! #america #adventure #womeninhistory # horseback