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Colonial Patriot Who Warned of British Attack

[Summary]Sybil Ludington Sybil Ludington commemorative stamp Sybil Ludington (April 5, 1761 – February 26, 1839), daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, has been celebrated as a heroine of the American Revolutionary War who, mounted on her horse, Star, became f

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Sybil Ludington

Sybil Ludington commemorative stamp

Sybil Ludington (April 5, 1761 – February 26, 1839), daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, has been celebrated as a heroine of the American Revolutionary War who, mounted on her horse, Star, became famous for her night ride on April 26, 1777, to alert militia forces to the approach of the British regular forces. This action was similar to that performed by Jack Jouett, William Dawes and Paul Revere,[1][2][3][4][5][6] although she rode more than twice the distance of Revere and was only 16 years old at the time of her action. This deed, however, was not mentioned in print until 1880, more than a hundred years after it was alleged to have taken place, and there is no evidence that it happened.[7] The legend, nevertheless, has been very widely disseminated, and Paula D. Hunt concludes her extensive study of it by saying, "The story of the lone, teenage girl riding for freedom, it seems, is simply too good not to be believed."[7] Sybil Ludington was an aunt of Harrison Ludington, a Governor of Wisconsin.

Paul Revere

Paul Revere (/rɪˈvɪər/; December 21, 1734 O.S. – May 10, 1818[N 1]) was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and a Patriot in the American Revolution. He is best known for alerting the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride" (1861).

Battles of Lexington and Concord

Strategic American victory

British forces succeed in destroying cannon and supplies in Concord

Militia successfully drive British back to Boston

Start of the American Revolutionary War

Powder Alarm

Suffolk Resolves

Lexington and Concord

Thompson's War

Chelsea Creek

Bunker Hill

Knox artillery train

Dorchester Heights

Laura Secord

Mary (1799)

Charlotte (1801)

Harriet (1803)

Charles Badeau (1809)

Appolonia (1810)

Laura Ann (1815)

Hannah (1817)

Thomas Ingersoll

Elizabeth Ingersoll (née Dewey)

Laura Secord (/ˈsiːkɔːrd/ SEE-kord;[1][2]née Ingersoll; 13 September 1775 – 17 October 1868) was a Canadian heroine of the War of 1812. She is known for having walked 20 miles (32 km) out of American-occupied territory in 1813 to warn British forces of an impending American attack. Her contribution to the war was little known during her lifetime, but since her death she has been frequently honoured in Canada. Though Secord had no relation to it, most Canadians associate her with the Laura Secord Chocolates company, named after her on the centennial of her walk.

Battles of Lexington and Concord

Strategic American victory

British forces succeed in destroying cannon and supplies in Concord

Militia successfully drive British back to Boston

Start of the American Revolutionary War

Powder Alarm

Suffolk Resolves

Lexington and Concord

Thompson's War

Chelsea Creek

Bunker Hill

Knox artillery train

Dorchester Heights

Minutemen

The Lexington Minuteman monument (1900), representing militia Captain John Parker

Minutemen were civilian colonists who independently organized to form well-prepared militia companies self-trained in weaponry, tactics, and military strategies from the American colonial partisan militia during the American Revolutionary War. They were also known for being ready at a minute's notice, hence the name. They provided a highly mobile, rapidly deployed force that allowed the colonies to respond immediately to war threats.

Why did the British soldiers go to Concord?

Colonial Patriot Who Warned of British Attack

The Five Riders

Voices of the Revolution: The Five Riders

Thanks to the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Paul Revere is often credited as the sole rider who alerted the colonies that the British were coming. Yet, despite this tale, there were many riders who went out the night of April 18 and in the years following, warning the colonists of the approach and movement of the British forces. Four men and one woman made late night rides, alerting the early Americans of what dangers lay ahead. They were Paul Revere, Samuel Prescott, Israel Bissell, William Dawes, and Sybil Ludington.

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