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The Midnight Ride of...Sybil Ludington?

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The Midnight Ride of...Sybil Ludington?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.99

     challenging words:    militia, renamed, leader, colonial, hometown, attack, supply, throughout, news, similar, famous, honor, hundred, spread, state, midnight
     content words:    Paul Revere, Sixteen-year-old Sybil, Colonel Henry Ludington, Putnam County, New York, Colonel Ludington, General George Washington, Sybil Ludington

The Midnight Ride of...Sybil Ludington?
By Cindy Grigg

1     Paul Revere is remembered for his famous midnight ride more than two hundred years ago. Sixteen-year-old Sybil (or Sibbell) Ludington made a similar ride, but you might never have heard her name. Here is her story.
2     On April 26, 1777, a messenger came to the Ludington house. He warned Colonel Henry Ludington, a leader of the local militia, that the British were going to attack nearby Danbury, Connecticut. The colonial militia had a large supply of munitions stored there. The Ludingtons lived about fifteen miles away in Putnam County in what is now the state of New York.
3     The messenger and his horse were worn out. Colonel Ludington needed to gather his men. Sixteen-year-old Sybil rode throughout the county to spread the word. Sybil rode from about 9:00 p.m. until dawn, spreading .....
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