Remember Sybil Ludington

July 1, 2018

I’ve been astounded recently by the way the left has been so successful at using “hate speech” and 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 handle a firearm until they’re 21 or to hear an opposing opinion without rushing to a safe space to cuddle a puppy. 

 


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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.  These days, students barely learn the most basic facts about American history, let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into the details.  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 can identify Paul Revere (although I 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 to promote trendy social and political agendas that downgrade America.  But kids, history is simply everything that ever happened to everyone before you came on the scene. Seek it out.  Trust me: it can be pretty cool, and you can actually learn things from it. 

 



For instance, listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of…Sybil Ludington?  As the oldest of 11 children, Sybil 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: “Native Americans.”)  Understandably, the messenger refused an order to go.  But Sybil volunteered.  Her father protested, but she pointed out that 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.


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Today, there are historic markers all along her route, and statues of her in New York and Washington.  But I’ll bet most young people never even heard of Sybil Ludington, a teenager much like them.  Maybe it’s because nobody wrote a famous poem about her midnight ride -- even though it was over twice as long as Paul Revere’s. 

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  • Ruth B. Zaragoza

    04/05/2019 12:27 AM

    Thank You for sharing. It was interesting. I never heard about her before.
    Will share.

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    08/05/2018 06:45 PM

    I learned of her a long time ago. From the National Rifle Association. They give an annual award in her honor.

  • Michaelmas

    07/03/2018 09:45 PM

    "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. These days, students barely learn the most basic facts about American history, let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into the details. This seems like the perfect week for a lesson in how America came to be born." Sir, this includes the GOP with their support of "hate speech" that the President is spewing at immigrants and others. This has contributed, along with a gun culture obsessed with anyone getting a gun regardless of mental status, to the very situation you describe. The facts--Americans have the right to protest and disagree. "Hate speech" has been spewed by both sides of the aisle and leading the way for this as the new norm is our President who continues to degrade those he disagrees with. Your blog is insincere and dishonest in associating this with any one party. I once thought that you were at least a man with a sense of fairness but you have fallen into the same pit as our other leads in promoting dishonest attacks on others, dividing and alienating those in our very country. The empty promise of "security" you suggest is precisely what is being sold (like snake oil) to the American public regarding the wall and other issues. It stokes the paranoia that we DON'T need as a country. I expect better from you sir a man that I once had respect for but have discovered that you are selling the same divisive crap that continues to make our country behave with disfunction. Frankly, both the GOP and democrats need to be taken out to the woodshed and spanked for continual lies and misleading the American public in a desperate bid for power. I expect better than this hyperbolic display from an elected official and to continue to play partisan politics rather than find practical solutions for our nation. The problems we face are very real and stoking imaginary fears and paranoid fantasies does nothing to solve them. Instead of talk, let's have practical solutions most of the people can agree on otherwise this is a bunch of hot air from an establishment member of the political ruling class.

  • Albert Rever

    07/03/2018 08:31 PM

    Thank you for the story. I am 62 and never heard of her but I will share this with my grandkids. I lived in MARYLAND most of my life and love the history of our country.
    P.S. I wish you would run for president again. This country needs people like you in office.

  • Paul D. Anderson

    07/02/2018 08:17 PM

    Mike Huckabee, I don't expect you to remember but I interviewed you years ago on The SOURCE with Paul Anderson, which aired on Salem Radio Network, when your first book came out. You are and have been a faithful American, fighting for our founding principles. I just read your article, "Remember Sybil Ludington." I will be 64 years old tomorrow (07-03-54) and never heard this story. Thank you for adding to my knowledge of our great country and the sacrifices so many made for our freedom. May God Bless and keep you Mike; you and your family.

  • Billie Joyce Dewhirst

    07/02/2018 03:46 PM

    I am an 88 year old great grandmother and i am sooo pleased you told this story. Would you believe this is the first time i ever heard it and I was schooled when history was taught! I must've been absent or asleep that day! What an inspiration she still is! Thank you.

  • Carole Moltz

    07/02/2018 12:21 PM

    Thank you for the history lesson. I must admit that I have never heard Sybill's story. What a remarkable and courageous young lady. I agree our young people both high school and college age groups alike, have been cheated out of lessons such as this one in their "history" classes.

  • Amanda Chally

    07/02/2018 10:19 AM

    You’ll be very happy to know that for the last 5+ years the Civics teacher at Woodside Middle School in Iowa taught his class about Sybil. He thought it was important for them to know that there was more than just Paul riding around the country, and that it was a girl close to their age who had the courage to do something to make a positive change. Mr. Cline has made history real to these kids and has spent years teaching not just what is in the book, but those other historical things that are very important. He reminds them that we learn about or nations history so we try to create a better future.

  • Linda Maha

    07/02/2018 10:07 AM

    I have vicki kuhl beat. I'm 70 and never heard of the girls ride and I was born & raised in upstate NY. Guess even us losers need a history lesson. Thanks Mike.

  • Hagan R. McClellan, Sr.

    07/02/2018 07:14 AM

    Thank Bro. Mike. I hope yu are never wrong because I believe everything you say. I am planting a new Church (4 yrs, old) @ my age of 78. Praying for it's continued success here in the Winston Salem area. I am a an ordained Baptist and a retired Associate Member of the United Methodist Church, Holston Conf area of East Tennessee. I am trying to combine our Nations Foundations with how God can bring back (revival to live again). Our Church Name: "Our Christian Heritage". Q. How do you feel about the David Barton' work? And yours combined really help me. Seems to me that small churches can still be an answer. lead by grass roots people can be an answer.

  • Gail hayes

    07/02/2018 06:28 AM

    Lets make a movie on american history

  • Samuel Smith

    07/01/2018 07:52 PM

    Starting back in the 60's (here is were the big push is) they began to brain wash and control the kids in the government schools. Knowing that the only way they will bring in a one world government, they had to bring down American! We are now in the 3rd generation of kids raised on that ideology, of the left. And now they are using hate to bring this about. Remember Jesus said that a house divided can not stand!

  • Kathy Secrist

    07/01/2018 07:47 PM

    In remembering history you might want to read "Night" by Elie Wiesel.

  • Jim aharpe

    07/01/2018 07:45 PM

    Mike...why does everyone who rails against the shallow education our children are indoctrinated with speak as though it is too late or impossible to change it?! When is enough enough? Vote for candidates who will disband the Department of Education! Damn it ENOUGH!

  • Gertrude Rugland

    07/01/2018 06:56 PM

    I enjoy your articles and they are always very informative. Keep it up!!!

  • Claudia M Nelson

    07/01/2018 06:50 PM

    Gov Huckabee, thank you for this. I love your blogs. Now please can you do me a small favor? Go to this Facebook site #WalkAway. It's AMAZING how the Democrats are now leaving their party because they're no longer accepting the violence, bullying, etc. that is going on! These Democrats that have WalkedAway, are all colors, creeds and sexual orientation...and most are supporting Donald Trump! It's INCREDIBLE. Thank you! (I'm Michael Clifford's assistant, BTW...)

  • Pamela Rath

    07/01/2018 06:22 PM

    My computer isn't working right now but should be able to check it via kindle. I just wanted to say I wish you were out President right now and your daughter is doing a great job. You are a great man keep up all your good work.

  • Vicki kuhl

    07/01/2018 05:43 PM

    I am a brand new 61 years old and this is the first time I have heard about Sybil. Shame on me and maybe my past, but thank you for enlightening me. Once again why I read you.

  • Amelia Little

    07/01/2018 05:22 PM

    I am 66 and had never heard of Sybil! Thanks for the history lesson!! So, guess there was something lacking in history books even way back when. But, at least we did get history. Perhaps kids these days not only don't get much history being taught, there are places where rewritten history is what is being taught. While there are millions of great teachers in our country, sadly many are constricted in curriculum as to exactly how and what they are allowed to teach. Don't teach our children about the Constitution and rights. Except rights as defined by liberals these days. A good reason for homeschooling. Although, even more than ever, it would seem there are areas that are fiercely against homeschooling or even private or Christian schools because, of course common core and liberal agenda are not being taught in these alternative schools.

  • Melody Perkins

    07/01/2018 05:07 PM

    Thank you for your informative real story.

    I'm in my 60's and I don't ever remember learning about this brave young women!

    Best regards,

    Ms. Perkins

  • Tom Stillings

    07/01/2018 05:00 PM

    Nice story about Sybil. When speaking of Longfellow’s hero, Paul Revere, who was actually captured by the Brits, most people forget the other riders, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott.

  • Martin Carr

    07/01/2018 04:47 PM

    Students today are not being taught enough about the history of these United States. Be it revolutionary times, various wars or conflicts, how America fits in the overall scheme of world affairs. Too many parents don't know enough history to require schools to teach it correctly. Also, in the same vein, parents have neglected to stay informed on schools or even their children's progress. No seems to hold themselves accountable.

  • Suzanne Ryan

    07/01/2018 04:19 PM

    "So Sarah mounted up and rode off." I am so glad she did because I love her answers to the media when they are being hostile 'idiots'.