One of the most annoying things in the world, besides hangnails or someone who walks at your pace on the sidewalk, is another person getting credit for something you did better. The story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride is legendary. It’s one of the highlights for grade school lessons on the Revolutionary War, and I can personally remember shouting his famed phrase “The British are coming!” with the rest of my first grade class.
While his ride was very real, I think I read somewhere he never actually said that exact phrasing. I also think there was something to do with lanterns, blah blah blah, land and sea. Who knows? Who cares? Cause you know who did the exact same thing, only better? Sybil Ludington.
I bet you’ve never heard of her. I hadn’t until a few minutes ago. She was born in New York in 1761, and her father was a Colonel who headed his local rebel militia. If I ever start a brewing company I’m calling it “Rebel Militia”. I just decided. Anyway.
On April 26,1777 her father received word that the British were going to attack Danbury, Connecticut and our girlfriend Sybil, took a forty minute round trip gallop in the pouring rain to gather her father’s troops. I’d just like to point out that good old Revere’s ride was approximately 15-20 miles round trip. Also did I mention that Sybil was 16 when she did this? How are we not teaching classrooms of kids about this kick-butt American hero? The patriarchy you say?
Sorry, I’ll get off my soapbox. And I’d like to leave you with these final words:
Yo Paul, I’m really happy for you, and I’m gonna let you finish, but Sybil Ludington had one of the best rides of all time! One of the best rides of all time, ya’ll!
Cause ladies get stuff done.