July 4, 2022
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I’ve been astounded recently by the way the left has been so successful at using the phrase “hate speech” and the fear of school shootings to convince young people to demand that their own First and Second Amendment rights be taken away.

Somehow, they have managed to bamboozle a large slice of the young generation into simultaneously believing that they are wise and mature enough to start voting and even writing laws at 16; yet they are so childish and irresponsible, they can’t be trusted to touch a firearm until they’re 21, or to hear an opposing opinion without rushing to a safe space to cuddle a puppy and schmoosh Play-Doh.

When young people don’t know their rights, where those rights came from, and how much was sacrificed to secure them, it’s easy to convince them to trade them away for empty promises of comfort and security. This is the basis of all those quotes warning not to sell your birthright for a mess of pottage, a bit of advice so ancient and universal that it dates back to Esau in Genesis 25: 29-34. But leftists are still counting on young people not knowing it (no wonder they want to ban the Bible from schools.)

These days, students are taught an ugly, twisted and totally negative perversion of American history. They’re taught to hate their own magnificent heritage, and they don’t learn the most basic facts (or even what the word “pottage” means), let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into real American history. This seems like the perfect week for a lesson in how America came to be born. And I’ll try to put it into terms they can relate to.

Maybe – possibly – today’s students vaguely recognize the name Paul Revere (although they might believe he was a slave trader. I certainly doubt they had to memorize the poem, the way we did.) But how many know there was another heroic midnight rider who warned that the British were coming, only this one was a teenage girl from Duchess County, New York?

She’s just one of many American heroes that kids don’t learn about because modern textbooks scrub history of everything interesting or inspiring in favor of leftist social and political agendas that downgrade America. They depict this as a land of nothing but racism and oppression, not as a land where people of good will have struggled and sacrificed for generations, constantly working to improve things by establishing justice, securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity and creating a “more perfect union” (note that in the original foundational document, the writers made it clear that nothing’s perfect, but we would strive always to keep working together toward perfection.)

Kids, American history is not a list of personal grievances against people who’ve been dead for 200 years. It’s everything that ever happened to everyone before you came on the scene. Seek it out. It can be pretty interesting, and you can actually learn things from it.

For instance: listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of…Sybil Ludington? Movies these days are filled with unrealistic fictional depictions of "girl power," but Sybil was the real article. As the oldest of 11 children, she had to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. She was barely 16 on the night of April 26, 1777. She had just tucked all her siblings into bed when, suddenly, there came an urgent knock at the door. It was a messenger, coming to warn her father, Col. Henry Ludington, that British troops were invading.

His troops weren’t expecting an attack and were scattered all over the countryside. Gathering them meant a dangerous ride over pitch black roads, through enemy soldiers, wild animals and hostile Indians (sorry: “Indigenous Peoples.”) Understandably, the messenger refused an order to go. But Sybil volunteered. Her father protested, but she pointed out that only she knew where all his men lived. As any father of a strong-willed daughter will recognize, he’d long since learned that arguing with her was futile. So Sybil mounted up and rode off.

It was a rainy night. The British had already set nearby Danbury, Connecticut, on fire, and the flames cast an eerie, red glow on the fog. It spurred Sybil on as she galloped from house to house, banging on doors and shouting that the British were coming. According to legend, at one point, a highway robber tried to intercept Sybil, but she raised her father’s musket and sent him running. Yet another reason why teenagers should think twice before demanding that the Second Amendment be taken away from them.

By dawn, Sybil and her horse were cold, wet and exhausted. She’d roused over 400 troops, who joined the Battle of Ridgefield and helped drive the British all the way back to Long Island Sound. Gen. Washington personally honored Sybil for her heroism.

Today, there are historic markers all along her route, and statues of her in New York and Washington (if they haven’t been torn down by historical illiterates.) But I’ll bet most young people never even heard of Sybil Ludington, a teenager much like them, except she knew what really happened during the American Revolution. Maybe it’s because nobody wrote a famous poem about her midnight ride -- even though her ride was over twice as long as Paul Revere’s. Let’s hope someone turns her story into a hip-hop musical so they’ll finally learn about it.

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  • Samuel Clawser

    07/05/2022 04:01 AM

    Once there was America whose people were proud of her, where people did not have to lock their house doors their car doors, where health care and gas was affordable, where schools were safe and actually taught education and correct grammar, where neighbors were friends and jokes/speech were not scrutinized, where there was no governmental confinement, where people dressed properly pants at the waist not at the knees, where streets and one's property were safe, THEN there was the liberal civil rights, America's death toll.

  • Marilyn M Calhoun

    07/04/2022 08:30 PM

    Hey Mike! I'm 82 and had never heard of Sybil until you wrote about her once before. My days in school wasn't leftist or any of what is going on now.... but I don't know why we never learned about her. Probably because everything was men were the heads of everything. So I don't think we can blame this particular thing on liberals, etc. just on the times. We were just talking about how I was always "Mrs. Nicholas Calhoun" as PTA President or anything else where the volunteers were listed. I do remember when eventually my own name was there instead of my husband's!! Times change sometimes for the better. I do enjoy this story and wish I had known about it growing up. Thank you for that.

  • Patti Fersch

    07/04/2022 08:14 PM

    I love this story of Sybil. I MIGHT have heard it once before, but I am pretty sure my 40 something kids and their high school and college kids never have. I will forward it to them. Thanks!

  • Gale Quatannens

    07/04/2022 08:05 PM

    Hi Mike
    Thank you for the article on Sybil Ludington. I live in North Salem NY right near where Sybil made her ride. I have even visited her grave. The local residents know about her and the local schools teach about her. Our local heroine. She is a great role model.
    Wouldn’t a hip hop musical be great!??????but not likely.
    I enjoy receiving your newsletters. They keep me informed and hopeful.
    Take care and good luck to Sara in November.
    Gale Quatannens

  • Biagio Vincent Schettini

    07/04/2022 07:56 PM

    Besides Paul Revere and Sybil Ludington, there were other midnight riders who had a significant impact on the struggle for American independence from Great Britain, right around the same time frame. They included William Dawes, Samuel Prescott, and Jack Jouett.

  • Anita Drake

    07/04/2022 07:15 PM

    This is a wonderful piece of history. I was not aware of it & I thank you for recounting it.

  • Larry Bosma

    07/04/2022 06:32 PM

    I didn’t know the story of Sibyl Luddington. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Margie Lambert

    07/04/2022 05:48 PM

    Thank you for mentioning Paul Revere. I am a Texas retired teacher. In the early ‘80’s, I taught seventh grade reading. I “made” my students memorize at least the first 20 lines of Paul Revere’s Ride. Oh, the whining that ensued!

    But I offered extra credit of five points for each extra line the students memorized. So a little bribery piqued their interest. Most of my students actually enjoyed the memorizing and learned some American history at the same time.

    I doubt many students are having to learn this poem today. But I DO hope some of my former students read your article mentioning the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

    Margie Lambert

  • Phyllis McCoy

    07/04/2022 05:42 PM

    Thank you so very much for this, sir...I am going to share this with hopes that the many young people I know will actually read the WHOLE THING!! And why didn't we learn about this amazing young lady when we were growing up???

  • Charlotte Yount

    07/04/2022 05:23 PM

    I’m 71 and that’s the first I’ve heard that story! Love it! I guess I grew up in the era where women were not given credit for anything!

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I’ve been astounded recently by the way the left has been so successful at using the phrase “hate speech” and the fear of school shootings to convince young people to demand that their own First and Second Amendment rights be taken away.

Somehow, they have managed to bamboozle a large slice of the young generation into simultaneously believing that they are wise and mature enough to start voting and even writing laws at 16; yet they are so childish and irresponsible, they can’t be trusted to touch a firearm until they’re 21, or to hear an opposing opinion without rushing to a safe space to cuddle a puppy and schmoosh Play-Doh.

When young people don’t know their rights, where those rights came from, and how much was sacrificed to secure them, it’s easy to convince them to trade them away for empty promises of comfort and security. This is the basis of all those quotes warning not to sell your birthright for a mess of pottage, a bit of advice so ancient and universal that it dates back to Esau in Genesis 25: 29-34. But leftists are still counting on young people not knowing it (no wonder they want to ban the Bible from schools.)

These days, students are taught an ugly, twisted and totally negative perversion of American history. They’re taught to hate their own magnificent heritage, and they don’t learn the most basic facts (or even what the word “pottage” means), let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into real American history. This seems like the perfect week for a lesson in how America came to be born. And I’ll try to put it into terms they can relate to.

Maybe – possibly – today’s students vaguely recognize the name Paul Revere (although they might believe he was a slave trader. I certainly doubt they had to memorize the poem, the way we did.) But how many know there was another heroic midnight rider who warned that the British were coming, only this one was a teenage girl from Duchess County, New York?

She’s just one of many American heroes that kids don’t learn about because modern textbooks scrub history of everything interesting or inspiring in favor of leftist social and political agendas that downgrade America. They depict this as a land of nothing but racism and oppression, not as a land where people of good will have struggled and sacrificed for generations, constantly working to improve things by establishing justice, securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity and creating a “more perfect union” (note that in the original foundational document, the writers made it clear that nothing’s perfect, but we would strive always to keep working together toward perfection.)

Kids, American history is not a list of personal grievances against people who’ve been dead for 200 years. It’s everything that ever happened to everyone before you came on the scene. Seek it out. It can be pretty interesting, and you can actually learn things from it.

For instance: listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of…Sybil Ludington? Movies these days are filled with unrealistic fictional depictions of "girl power," but Sybil was the real article. As the oldest of 11 children, she had to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. She was barely 16 on the night of April 26, 1777. She had just tucked all her siblings into bed when, suddenly, there came an urgent knock at the door. It was a messenger, coming to warn her father, Col. Henry Ludington, that British troops were invading.

His troops weren’t expecting an attack and were scattered all over the countryside. Gathering them meant a dangerous ride over pitch black roads, through enemy soldiers, wild animals and hostile Indians (sorry: “Indigenous Peoples.”) Understandably, the messenger refused an order to go. But Sybil volunteered. Her father protested, but she pointed out that only she knew where all his men lived. As any father of a strong-willed daughter will recognize, he’d long since learned that arguing with her was futile. So Sybil mounted up and rode off.

It was a rainy night. The British had already set nearby Danbury, Connecticut, on fire, and the flames cast an eerie, red glow on the fog. It spurred Sybil on as she galloped from house to house, banging on doors and shouting that the British were coming. According to legend, at one point, a highway robber tried to intercept Sybil, but she raised her father’s musket and sent him running. Yet another reason why teenagers should think twice before demanding that the Second Amendment be taken away from them.

By dawn, Sybil and her horse were cold, wet and exhausted. She’d roused over 400 troops, who joined the Battle of Ridgefield and helped drive the British all the way back to Long Island Sound. Gen. Washington personally honored Sybil for her heroism.

Today, there are historic markers all along her route, and statues of her in New York and Washington (if they haven’t been torn down by historical illiterates.) But I’ll bet most young people never even heard of Sybil Ludington, a teenager much like them, except she knew what really happened during the American Revolution. Maybe it’s because nobody wrote a famous poem about her midnight ride -- even though her ride was over twice as long as Paul Revere’s. Let’s hope someone turns her story into a hip-hop musical so they’ll finally learn about it.

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  • Samuel Clawser

    07/05/2022 04:01 AM

    Once there was America whose people were proud of her, where people did not have to lock their house doors their car doors, where health care and gas was affordable, where schools were safe and actually taught education and correct grammar, where neighbors were friends and jokes/speech were not scrutinized, where there was no governmental confinement, where people dressed properly pants at the waist not at the knees, where streets and one's property were safe, THEN there was the liberal civil rights, America's death toll.

  • Marilyn M Calhoun

    07/04/2022 08:30 PM

    Hey Mike! I'm 82 and had never heard of Sybil until you wrote about her once before. My days in school wasn't leftist or any of what is going on now.... but I don't know why we never learned about her. Probably because everything was men were the heads of everything. So I don't think we can blame this particular thing on liberals, etc. just on the times. We were just talking about how I was always "Mrs. Nicholas Calhoun" as PTA President or anything else where the volunteers were listed. I do remember when eventually my own name was there instead of my husband's!! Times change sometimes for the better. I do enjoy this story and wish I had known about it growing up. Thank you for that.

  • Patti Fersch

    07/04/2022 08:14 PM

    I love this story of Sybil. I MIGHT have heard it once before, but I am pretty sure my 40 something kids and their high school and college kids never have. I will forward it to them. Thanks!

  • Gale Quatannens

    07/04/2022 08:05 PM

    Hi Mike
    Thank you for the article on Sybil Ludington. I live in North Salem NY right near where Sybil made her ride. I have even visited her grave. The local residents know about her and the local schools teach about her. Our local heroine. She is a great role model.
    Wouldn’t a hip hop musical be great!??????but not likely.
    I enjoy receiving your newsletters. They keep me informed and hopeful.
    Take care and good luck to Sara in November.
    Gale Quatannens

  • Biagio Vincent Schettini

    07/04/2022 07:56 PM

    Besides Paul Revere and Sybil Ludington, there were other midnight riders who had a significant impact on the struggle for American independence from Great Britain, right around the same time frame. They included William Dawes, Samuel Prescott, and Jack Jouett.

  • Anita Drake

    07/04/2022 07:15 PM

    This is a wonderful piece of history. I was not aware of it & I thank you for recounting it.

  • Larry Bosma

    07/04/2022 06:32 PM

    I didn’t know the story of Sibyl Luddington. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Margie Lambert

    07/04/2022 05:48 PM

    Thank you for mentioning Paul Revere. I am a Texas retired teacher. In the early ‘80’s, I taught seventh grade reading. I “made” my students memorize at least the first 20 lines of Paul Revere’s Ride. Oh, the whining that ensued!

    But I offered extra credit of five points for each extra line the students memorized. So a little bribery piqued their interest. Most of my students actually enjoyed the memorizing and learned some American history at the same time.

    I doubt many students are having to learn this poem today. But I DO hope some of my former students read your article mentioning the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

    Margie Lambert

  • Phyllis McCoy

    07/04/2022 05:42 PM

    Thank you so very much for this, sir...I am going to share this with hopes that the many young people I know will actually read the WHOLE THING!! And why didn't we learn about this amazing young lady when we were growing up???

  • Charlotte Yount

    07/04/2022 05:23 PM

    I’m 71 and that’s the first I’ve heard that story! Love it! I guess I grew up in the era where women were not given credit for anything!

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July 4, 2022
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I’ve been astounded recently by the way the left has been so successful at using the phrase “hate speech” and the fear of school shootings to convince young people to demand that their own First and Second Amendment rights be taken away.

Somehow, they have managed to bamboozle a large slice of the young generation into simultaneously believing that they are wise and mature enough to start voting and even writing laws at 16; yet they are so childish and irresponsible, they can’t be trusted to touch a firearm until they’re 21, or to hear an opposing opinion without rushing to a safe space to cuddle a puppy and schmoosh Play-Doh.

When young people don’t know their rights, where those rights came from, and how much was sacrificed to secure them, it’s easy to convince them to trade them away for empty promises of comfort and security. This is the basis of all those quotes warning not to sell your birthright for a mess of pottage, a bit of advice so ancient and universal that it dates back to Esau in Genesis 25: 29-34. But leftists are still counting on young people not knowing it (no wonder they want to ban the Bible from schools.)

These days, students are taught an ugly, twisted and totally negative perversion of American history. They’re taught to hate their own magnificent heritage, and they don’t learn the most basic facts (or even what the word “pottage” means), let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into real American history. This seems like the perfect week for a lesson in how America came to be born. And I’ll try to put it into terms they can relate to.

Maybe – possibly – today’s students vaguely recognize the name Paul Revere (although they might believe he was a slave trader. I certainly doubt they had to memorize the poem, the way we did.) But how many know there was another heroic midnight rider who warned that the British were coming, only this one was a teenage girl from Duchess County, New York?

She’s just one of many American heroes that kids don’t learn about because modern textbooks scrub history of everything interesting or inspiring in favor of leftist social and political agendas that downgrade America. They depict this as a land of nothing but racism and oppression, not as a land where people of good will have struggled and sacrificed for generations, constantly working to improve things by establishing justice, securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity and creating a “more perfect union” (note that in the original foundational document, the writers made it clear that nothing’s perfect, but we would strive always to keep working together toward perfection.)

Kids, American history is not a list of personal grievances against people who’ve been dead for 200 years. It’s everything that ever happened to everyone before you came on the scene. Seek it out. It can be pretty interesting, and you can actually learn things from it.

For instance: listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of…Sybil Ludington? Movies these days are filled with unrealistic fictional depictions of "girl power," but Sybil was the real article. As the oldest of 11 children, she had to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. She was barely 16 on the night of April 26, 1777. She had just tucked all her siblings into bed when, suddenly, there came an urgent knock at the door. It was a messenger, coming to warn her father, Col. Henry Ludington, that British troops were invading.

His troops weren’t expecting an attack and were scattered all over the countryside. Gathering them meant a dangerous ride over pitch black roads, through enemy soldiers, wild animals and hostile Indians (sorry: “Indigenous Peoples.”) Understandably, the messenger refused an order to go. But Sybil volunteered. Her father protested, but she pointed out that only she knew where all his men lived. As any father of a strong-willed daughter will recognize, he’d long since learned that arguing with her was futile. So Sybil mounted up and rode off.

It was a rainy night. The British had already set nearby Danbury, Connecticut, on fire, and the flames cast an eerie, red glow on the fog. It spurred Sybil on as she galloped from house to house, banging on doors and shouting that the British were coming. According to legend, at one point, a highway robber tried to intercept Sybil, but she raised her father’s musket and sent him running. Yet another reason why teenagers should think twice before demanding that the Second Amendment be taken away from them.

By dawn, Sybil and her horse were cold, wet and exhausted. She’d roused over 400 troops, who joined the Battle of Ridgefield and helped drive the British all the way back to Long Island Sound. Gen. Washington personally honored Sybil for her heroism.

Today, there are historic markers all along her route, and statues of her in New York and Washington (if they haven’t been torn down by historical illiterates.) But I’ll bet most young people never even heard of Sybil Ludington, a teenager much like them, except she knew what really happened during the American Revolution. Maybe it’s because nobody wrote a famous poem about her midnight ride -- even though her ride was over twice as long as Paul Revere’s. Let’s hope someone turns her story into a hip-hop musical so they’ll finally learn about it.

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  • Samuel Clawser

    07/05/2022 04:01 AM

    Once there was America whose people were proud of her, where people did not have to lock their house doors their car doors, where health care and gas was affordable, where schools were safe and actually taught education and correct grammar, where neighbors were friends and jokes/speech were not scrutinized, where there was no governmental confinement, where people dressed properly pants at the waist not at the knees, where streets and one's property were safe, THEN there was the liberal civil rights, America's death toll.

  • Marilyn M Calhoun

    07/04/2022 08:30 PM

    Hey Mike! I'm 82 and had never heard of Sybil until you wrote about her once before. My days in school wasn't leftist or any of what is going on now.... but I don't know why we never learned about her. Probably because everything was men were the heads of everything. So I don't think we can blame this particular thing on liberals, etc. just on the times. We were just talking about how I was always "Mrs. Nicholas Calhoun" as PTA President or anything else where the volunteers were listed. I do remember when eventually my own name was there instead of my husband's!! Times change sometimes for the better. I do enjoy this story and wish I had known about it growing up. Thank you for that.

  • Patti Fersch

    07/04/2022 08:14 PM

    I love this story of Sybil. I MIGHT have heard it once before, but I am pretty sure my 40 something kids and their high school and college kids never have. I will forward it to them. Thanks!

  • Gale Quatannens

    07/04/2022 08:05 PM

    Hi Mike
    Thank you for the article on Sybil Ludington. I live in North Salem NY right near where Sybil made her ride. I have even visited her grave. The local residents know about her and the local schools teach about her. Our local heroine. She is a great role model.
    Wouldn’t a hip hop musical be great!??????but not likely.
    I enjoy receiving your newsletters. They keep me informed and hopeful.
    Take care and good luck to Sara in November.
    Gale Quatannens

  • Biagio Vincent Schettini

    07/04/2022 07:56 PM

    Besides Paul Revere and Sybil Ludington, there were other midnight riders who had a significant impact on the struggle for American independence from Great Britain, right around the same time frame. They included William Dawes, Samuel Prescott, and Jack Jouett.

  • Anita Drake

    07/04/2022 07:15 PM

    This is a wonderful piece of history. I was not aware of it & I thank you for recounting it.

  • Larry Bosma

    07/04/2022 06:32 PM

    I didn’t know the story of Sibyl Luddington. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Margie Lambert

    07/04/2022 05:48 PM

    Thank you for mentioning Paul Revere. I am a Texas retired teacher. In the early ‘80’s, I taught seventh grade reading. I “made” my students memorize at least the first 20 lines of Paul Revere’s Ride. Oh, the whining that ensued!

    But I offered extra credit of five points for each extra line the students memorized. So a little bribery piqued their interest. Most of my students actually enjoyed the memorizing and learned some American history at the same time.

    I doubt many students are having to learn this poem today. But I DO hope some of my former students read your article mentioning the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

    Margie Lambert

  • Phyllis McCoy

    07/04/2022 05:42 PM

    Thank you so very much for this, sir...I am going to share this with hopes that the many young people I know will actually read the WHOLE THING!! And why didn't we learn about this amazing young lady when we were growing up???

  • Charlotte Yount

    07/04/2022 05:23 PM

    I’m 71 and that’s the first I’ve heard that story! Love it! I guess I grew up in the era where women were not given credit for anything!

July 4, 2022
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I’ve been astounded recently by the way the left has been so successful at using the phrase “hate speech” and the fear of school shootings to convince young people to demand that their own First and Second Amendment rights be taken away.

Somehow, they have managed to bamboozle a large slice of the young generation into simultaneously believing that they are wise and mature enough to start voting and even writing laws at 16; yet they are so childish and irresponsible, they can’t be trusted to touch a firearm until they’re 21, or to hear an opposing opinion without rushing to a safe space to cuddle a puppy and schmoosh Play-Doh.

When young people don’t know their rights, where those rights came from, and how much was sacrificed to secure them, it’s easy to convince them to trade them away for empty promises of comfort and security. This is the basis of all those quotes warning not to sell your birthright for a mess of pottage, a bit of advice so ancient and universal that it dates back to Esau in Genesis 25: 29-34. But leftists are still counting on young people not knowing it (no wonder they want to ban the Bible from schools.)

These days, students are taught an ugly, twisted and totally negative perversion of American history. They’re taught to hate their own magnificent heritage, and they don’t learn the most basic facts (or even what the word “pottage” means), let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into real American history. This seems like the perfect week for a lesson in how America came to be born. And I’ll try to put it into terms they can relate to.

Maybe – possibly – today’s students vaguely recognize the name Paul Revere (although they might believe he was a slave trader. I certainly doubt they had to memorize the poem, the way we did.) But how many know there was another heroic midnight rider who warned that the British were coming, only this one was a teenage girl from Duchess County, New York?

She’s just one of many American heroes that kids don’t learn about because modern textbooks scrub history of everything interesting or inspiring in favor of leftist social and political agendas that downgrade America. They depict this as a land of nothing but racism and oppression, not as a land where people of good will have struggled and sacrificed for generations, constantly working to improve things by establishing justice, securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity and creating a “more perfect union” (note that in the original foundational document, the writers made it clear that nothing’s perfect, but we would strive always to keep working together toward perfection.)

Kids, American history is not a list of personal grievances against people who’ve been dead for 200 years. It’s everything that ever happened to everyone before you came on the scene. Seek it out. It can be pretty interesting, and you can actually learn things from it.

For instance: listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of…Sybil Ludington? Movies these days are filled with unrealistic fictional depictions of "girl power," but Sybil was the real article. As the oldest of 11 children, she had to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. She was barely 16 on the night of April 26, 1777. She had just tucked all her siblings into bed when, suddenly, there came an urgent knock at the door. It was a messenger, coming to warn her father, Col. Henry Ludington, that British troops were invading.

His troops weren’t expecting an attack and were scattered all over the countryside. Gathering them meant a dangerous ride over pitch black roads, through enemy soldiers, wild animals and hostile Indians (sorry: “Indigenous Peoples.”) Understandably, the messenger refused an order to go. But Sybil volunteered. Her father protested, but she pointed out that only she knew where all his men lived. As any father of a strong-willed daughter will recognize, he’d long since learned that arguing with her was futile. So Sybil mounted up and rode off.

It was a rainy night. The British had already set nearby Danbury, Connecticut, on fire, and the flames cast an eerie, red glow on the fog. It spurred Sybil on as she galloped from house to house, banging on doors and shouting that the British were coming. According to legend, at one point, a highway robber tried to intercept Sybil, but she raised her father’s musket and sent him running. Yet another reason why teenagers should think twice before demanding that the Second Amendment be taken away from them.

By dawn, Sybil and her horse were cold, wet and exhausted. She’d roused over 400 troops, who joined the Battle of Ridgefield and helped drive the British all the way back to Long Island Sound. Gen. Washington personally honored Sybil for her heroism.

Today, there are historic markers all along her route, and statues of her in New York and Washington (if they haven’t been torn down by historical illiterates.) But I’ll bet most young people never even heard of Sybil Ludington, a teenager much like them, except she knew what really happened during the American Revolution. Maybe it’s because nobody wrote a famous poem about her midnight ride -- even though her ride was over twice as long as Paul Revere’s. Let’s hope someone turns her story into a hip-hop musical so they’ll finally learn about it.

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  • Samuel Clawser

    07/05/2022 04:01 AM

    Once there was America whose people were proud of her, where people did not have to lock their house doors their car doors, where health care and gas was affordable, where schools were safe and actually taught education and correct grammar, where neighbors were friends and jokes/speech were not scrutinized, where there was no governmental confinement, where people dressed properly pants at the waist not at the knees, where streets and one's property were safe, THEN there was the liberal civil rights, America's death toll.

  • Marilyn M Calhoun

    07/04/2022 08:30 PM

    Hey Mike! I'm 82 and had never heard of Sybil until you wrote about her once before. My days in school wasn't leftist or any of what is going on now.... but I don't know why we never learned about her. Probably because everything was men were the heads of everything. So I don't think we can blame this particular thing on liberals, etc. just on the times. We were just talking about how I was always "Mrs. Nicholas Calhoun" as PTA President or anything else where the volunteers were listed. I do remember when eventually my own name was there instead of my husband's!! Times change sometimes for the better. I do enjoy this story and wish I had known about it growing up. Thank you for that.

  • Patti Fersch

    07/04/2022 08:14 PM

    I love this story of Sybil. I MIGHT have heard it once before, but I am pretty sure my 40 something kids and their high school and college kids never have. I will forward it to them. Thanks!

  • Gale Quatannens

    07/04/2022 08:05 PM

    Hi Mike
    Thank you for the article on Sybil Ludington. I live in North Salem NY right near where Sybil made her ride. I have even visited her grave. The local residents know about her and the local schools teach about her. Our local heroine. She is a great role model.
    Wouldn’t a hip hop musical be great!??????but not likely.
    I enjoy receiving your newsletters. They keep me informed and hopeful.
    Take care and good luck to Sara in November.
    Gale Quatannens

  • Biagio Vincent Schettini

    07/04/2022 07:56 PM

    Besides Paul Revere and Sybil Ludington, there were other midnight riders who had a significant impact on the struggle for American independence from Great Britain, right around the same time frame. They included William Dawes, Samuel Prescott, and Jack Jouett.

  • Anita Drake

    07/04/2022 07:15 PM

    This is a wonderful piece of history. I was not aware of it & I thank you for recounting it.

  • Larry Bosma

    07/04/2022 06:32 PM

    I didn’t know the story of Sibyl Luddington. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Margie Lambert

    07/04/2022 05:48 PM

    Thank you for mentioning Paul Revere. I am a Texas retired teacher. In the early ‘80’s, I taught seventh grade reading. I “made” my students memorize at least the first 20 lines of Paul Revere’s Ride. Oh, the whining that ensued!

    But I offered extra credit of five points for each extra line the students memorized. So a little bribery piqued their interest. Most of my students actually enjoyed the memorizing and learned some American history at the same time.

    I doubt many students are having to learn this poem today. But I DO hope some of my former students read your article mentioning the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

    Margie Lambert

  • Phyllis McCoy

    07/04/2022 05:42 PM

    Thank you so very much for this, sir...I am going to share this with hopes that the many young people I know will actually read the WHOLE THING!! And why didn't we learn about this amazing young lady when we were growing up???

  • Charlotte Yount

    07/04/2022 05:23 PM

    I’m 71 and that’s the first I’ve heard that story! Love it! I guess I grew up in the era where women were not given credit for anything!

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