March is National Women’s History Month. We will be celebrating various notable women and their contributions to society all month long. Sybil Ludington is often called “the female Paul Revere” which is something of an understatement since in some ways she accomplished more than he did with his own famous ride. Sybil was born on April 5, 1761. Her father was Colonel Henry Ludington a militia leader and veteran of the French and Indian War. On April 26, 1777 sixteen year old Sybil risked her life by riding through the night for forty miles to warn him that British forces were approaching. She rode more than twice the distance attributed to Paul Revere and faced dangers from the nocturnal ride and a highwayman who allegedly tried to intercept her. She braved fought her way past him and succeeded in warning the militia that Danbury, Connecticut’s supply depot was at risk. Sybil married Edmund Ogden, an innkeeper and farmer, in 1784. She died on February 26, 1839. While historians have debated the validity of aspects of her legend, Sybil was honored with a postage stamp and statues of her rest near Carmel, New York and on the grounds of the Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Washington!