Abagail Lodington Character Traits

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A majority of us in the United States know who Paul Revere was—the fearless patriot of the American Revolution who rode through most of Massachusetts warning everyone in earshot of the invading British fleets. However, most might not be aware of “Putnam County’s teenage Paul Revere” or the “female Paul Revere:” Sybil Ludington. Ludington, born the eldest of twelve children, on April 5th, 1761, to Colonel Henry and Abagail Ludington, also had her own ride. Before that, however, Sybil “as the oldest… faced a never-ending round of chores each day, including making butter, soap or candles, sewing, washing dishes and helping care for her brothers and sisters,” but Ludington had a life far from hardships, her family was well off and her father…show more content…
General George Washington soon enlisted him, consequently causing the Loyalist to put a bounty on his head. Sybil Ludington took it upon herself to protect her father and one night when she saw movement outside her windows, she and her sister Rebecca woke up the rest of their sibling and lit up all the candles in the house while holding long sticks and muskets to make the invaders believe the home was heavily guarded. Sybil and her quick wit helped saved her father’s life, something she would continue to do with Rebecca’s help and eventually lead her to her becoming a Revolutionary hero. In fact, continuing to help her father is exactly what led her to risk her life at the tender age of…show more content…
With new supplies just brought into the town, it was pertinent for the Patriots to stop the Red Coats from advancing and burning the town down completely. Since her father could not go since he had to stay at the farm with his soldiers, 16 year old Sybil volunteered. It is not known if she fully knew the implications of what she agreed to, since the trip involved navigating “dangerous and dense, filled [woods] with marauding bands of outlaws, Indians, Loyalists and Tories. Beside the human predators, there were wolves and bears. Death or capture was almost certain possibilities, if she didn’t get lost and suffer a slow death trying to find her way home.” However, she knew the importance of getting word out to save the military depot in Danbury and jumped on her horse and rode forty miles alerting all possible militia along the way. Just like Paul Revere, she has her own poem, titled Sybil Ludington's Ride by Berton Braley, which eloquently tells how she alerted the militia men of the

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