The female Paul Revere

Lost to the annals of time, not many have heard of the 40-mile ride of a young girl named Sybil Ludington.

Living in Connecticut in 1777, 16-year-old Sybil was the daughter of a Patriot Colonel. One rainy night, they received word that the British had attacked the nearby town of Danbury. As her father strategized, Sybil rode 40 miles through the rain, calling the local militia to assemble. After the battle, George Washington himself visited to thank her personally.

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