June 21, 2024

All About Sybil Ludington

By: Connnessa K. (5th G)

Table of contents 

  1. How It All Started 
  2. Background Info 
  3. The Midnight Ride 
  4. Opinion 
  5. Conclusion 
  6. Glossary 

The revolutionary war lasted for 8 years, from 1775-1783. The reason for this war was that America wanted to be its own country . This was how it all started.

The Boston Massacre 

When king george put unfair taxes on many items to help pay for the cost of a war, the colonists were angry. At a colonist revolt, a British soldier shot into the crowd and killed a colonist. Thus, the boston massacre began. 5 colonists were killed in the skirmish. This happened in early 1770. 

The Boston Tea Party 

3 years after the Boston Massacre, the “ Tea Crisis” became worse. Great Britain passed a law that only the British East India Tea Company could sell tea in the colonies. When the colonists heard about the tea act, they decided to take action. On the night of December 16, 1773, 116 people climbed aboard 3 ships carrying tea and threw the tea overboard. Today the cost of the tea they threw overboard would have been around one million dollars. 

The Shot Heard Round The World 

The shot heard round the world is the opening shot of the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, which began the American Revolution. The colonials found out that the British were coming to seize their guns, and arrest their leaders. So, Paul Revere and other riders set out to warn colonists that the British were coming. 

The shot heard round the world. When they reached Lexington, 70 colonial men faced several hundred British soldiers. The British ordered them to drop their weapons, but suddenly someone fired a shot. Nobody knows who, but that shot started the American revolution. 

Background Info

Sybil Ludington was born on April 5,1761 to Henry Ludington and Abigail Knowles Ludington.She was the oldest of 12 children! Sybil was born in fredericksburg, new york, where her father was a colonel in the militia in command of 400 men.She was married to Edmund Ogden and died february 26, 1839. 

The Midnight Ride 

¨Listen my children, and you shall hear of a lovely feminine paul revere. who rode an equally famous ride in a different part of the countryside. Where sybil ludington’s name recalls, a ride as daring as that of paul revere.¨-Berton Brale 

Sybil ludingtonś ride

On april 26, 1777 a rider appeared  at Sybil’s home and delivered news that danbury,  Connecticut was burning, colonel ludington knew that he and his men had to go to danbury to defend it. But, His  men were spread out all over Putnam county! After hearing this, Sybil hopped on her horse and rode through dark dangerous forests. She was only 16, but she rode 40 miles! In the end, Sybil was greatly appreciated by her friends, family, and even George Washington himself!

Sybil ludington’s midnight ride 

Sybil on her ride

Good morrow! My name is sybil ludington and I live in fredericksburg, New york.You see, times are tough! We are currently fighting the British to be independent. My father is a colonel in charge of a millata of 400 men, but currently they are all around Putnam county at their homes. Well, one night a rider delivered the news that Danbury, Connecticut was burning! My father knew that he and his men had to go, but it would take forever for him to gather all of them. So, I volunteered to wake up the soldiers and tell them to assemble at our house. I hopped on my horse named Star and rode through a dark forest.CLIP CLOP CLIP CLOP! I felt as if the trees were crowding in on me and whispering, ¨she can’t possibly be doing this!¨.I could have been captured by the British or by the outlaws, but even though I was scared, cold, and tired, I loved my father and our country very much, and that pushed me to keep going. I would stop at the soldiers’ houses and pound on their door with a stick, yelling that they needed to assemble at my fathers house. In the end, they sadly did not save Danbury, but they did manage to drive the British soldiers back to Long Island Sound. George Washington even came to see me!

Opinion 

Clop clip clop clip!!! Imagine that you are Sybil Ludington, you are riding through a dangerous dark forest. You fall off your horse, but must keep going. The fate of America, Danbury, and your father is depending on you. If you stop, Danbury will be burned to the ground. Sybil Ludington’s midnight ride was an important part of the American revolution. This is true because, firstly, her father and his militia would not have had a victory against the British if not for her bravery, her father and militia would have suffered a great loss, and she was even appreciated by George Washington! 

Because Sybil volunteered to help, her father was able to quickly march to Danbury because she rode over 40 miles to gather all of the soldiers. Because of this her father and his militia was able to drive the soldiers away. If she had not, her father would have only been able to gather a couple soldiers, and they would have suffered a great loss. 

Also, if she hadn’t rode 40 miles, her father and militia would have suffered a great loss. Her father would have to likely ride slower, and would not be able to drive the British back to long island sound. Some of them probably would not have come back.

Finally, she was even appreciated by George Washington, he went to see her in person! This shows that what she did was important and needs to be recognized.For just a young girl, that’s a big achievement. 

In conclusion, Sybil Ludington was an important part of the American Revolution, and we might not have won without her bravery and dedication. Her determination shows that women are just as strong as men, and that you should always fight for what’s right. 

Glossary 

  • Boston: a city in massachusetts 
  • Militia: a group of makeshift soldiers 
  • Colonel: a man in charge of soldiers 
  • George washington: a hero of the american revolution and our first president 
  • Fredericksburg: The town that sybil ludington lived in