I am getting ready to celebrate July 4th this weekend. Planning the menu(I will be posting on that). Seeing what parades are where. Looking for a fireworks program. I started thinking about the holiday its self. Especially the individuals who were involved in freeing to our country for the ties we had with England. Reading, I saw a lot written about men, but had to dig down to find our American heroines. There are a number of women who have contributed, that you would not normally hear about. Two of them are Phillis Wheatley and Sybil Ludington. Both amazing women in their own way.
“In every human Beast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance.”
Phillis Wheatley was America’s first published black author. Along with being a great American poet, Phillis Wheatley was patriot and symbol for abolitionists. In 1761, at the age of 7, Phillis was bought as a slave by the Wheatley family of Boston. Phillis was very intelligent. The Wheatley family taught her to read and write, and encouraged her to write poetry. Her first poem “On Messrs. Hussey and Coffin” was published when she was only twelve. In 1770, An Elegiac Poem, on the Death of that Celebrated Divine, and Eminent Servant of Jesus Christ, the Reverend and Learned George Whitefield made her famous. It was published in Boston, Newport, and Philadelphia.
She wrote a poem for George Washington in 1775, and he praised her work. They met in 1776. Phillis supported independence for the colonies during the Revolutionary War.She became the first African American and the first slave in the United States to publish a book.
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Sybil Ludington is known as the female Paul Revere. What is incredible, she was only 16 years of age, when she took on the task, of riding to warn of the British invasion. Not only that, but she reportedly rode twice a far as Paul Revere! Authorities vary on the length of her ride; some say it was 20, some say 40, miles. In any case, it was raining hard. But as Sybil urged her bay horse, Star, onward, she could see the sky light up from the glow of the flaming town.
Sybil’s ride became necessary because the British had ransacked Danbury, Connecticut. Danbury was a Patriot supply center. They were then headed for Fredricksburg, New York. A young soldier arrived at Sybil’s father’s house. Colonel Ludington was in charge of the local volunteers. Needing someone to go at once to gather the troops, Sybil jumped at the chance. She rode to the many villages, informing everyone what was happening. Thanks to her bravery, the Patriots were able to force the British back to Long Island Sound. From there, they sailed away. Chalk up another win for the women. We can’t live without them.
And here is more about Sybil and her family:
Lets celebrate our women of the American Revolution who are truly unsung heroines!