browngirl--I thought you especially might be interested :)
In celebration of Independence Day, we remember a little known hero of the American Revolutionary War, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington. At approximately 9 pm on April 26th, 1777, Sybil, the eldest daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, climbed onto her horse and proceeded to ride 40 miles in order to muster local militia troops in response to a British attack on the town of Danbury, Connecticut -- covering twice the distance that Paul Revere rode during his famous midnight ride.
Riding all night through rain, Sybil returned home at dawn having given nearly the whole regiment of 400 Colonial troops the order to assemble. While the regiment could not save Danbury from being burned, they joined forces with the Continental Army following the subsequent Battle of Ridgefield and were able to stop the British advance and force their return to their boats.
Following the battle, General George Washington personally thanked Sybil for her service and bravery. Although every American school child knows the story of Paul Revere, unfortunately few are taught about Sybil Ludington's courageous feat and her contribution to war effort.
To introduce your children to this inspiring and underrecognized hero of the Revolutionary War, we recommend "Sybil’s Night Ride," a picture book for children 4 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/sybil-s-
Sybil Ludington was also the focus of an episode of Liberty's Kids, the animated educational historical fiction television series, which you can view on YouTube at http://bit.ly/1tMrkk5
For an excellent recently released book that explores women's contribution to the American Revolution, check out "Founding Mothers" for ages 7 to 12 at http://www.amightygirl.com/founding-
In our blog post "'Remember the Ladies' -- A Mighty Girl Celebrates the Fourth of July,” we also highlight numerous excellent books -- both fiction and non-fiction -- about girls and women of the Revolutionary Period: http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=3819
For more than 450 stories for children and teens about trailblazing girls and women through history, visit our "Role Models" biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/
To everyone who's celebrating, have a great one, and to everyone abroad--have a good Friday evening and a wonderful weekend!
P.S. An interesting article from "Today I Found Out": This day in history: July 4th
P.P.S. And another interesting article from Mental Floss: The Names of 10 Firework Effects
And a very interesting historical article from Snopes.com: About signing of the Declaration of Independence, and specifically about John Hancock's famous signature