Try to envision a time when life was far harder, and kicking back in the recliner, watching TV, surrounded by all of the comforts of home after a long day, wasn’t even a fanciful thought. Instead, vigilance and invasion by a foreign entity of the town or home without any notice was what was on the brain of freedom seeking people in this country. Even your own home wasn’t a safe space.
Sixteen year old Sybil, another young American patriot could have been a powerful voice for Liberty in associations such as Turning Point or the Tea Party now, but it wasn’t to be her period.
What made her such an advantage to the liberty and reform movement anyhow? Well Sybil’s father was a position Colonel who, in a battle situation required to muster reinforcements to counter an enemy attack while simultaneously planning his defense.
His troops were scattered over a 30-mile loop of state side and he had no mechanized transport or radio to help facilitate contact. Left with no one to call upon for assistance, Sybil, the only capable person available to get a desperate call for help, chose to react to what she believed to be her call to duty.
In her selfless act of courage, she rode for what seemed an eternity to inform as many as 400 troops that were ready to do battle to defend a lifestyle only dreamed of by authentic liberty seeking Americans.
Modern day Americans have no expertise or perhaps a vision of what it’d be like to have a foreign influence coming to our shores to combat uschallenging our constitutional rights and freedoms. We live free in part due to the bravery of people like Sybil. None of us will ever know the sort of person Sybil was, or what passions she owned inside that would let her ride 30 miles, alone, and risk life and limb to warn others of an invading enemy.
This time on American soil where there was no safe area for everyone to hide.
At the nighttime attack, the British did burn Danbury, Connecticut, an important supply depot for the Continental Army, but due to Sybil, many people were prepared and escaped death.
‘ was indeed important. It wasn’t at all unlike Paul Revere’s trip. Now, Sybil’s heroism is memorialized with just a poem written by American poet Berton Braley, commemorating her historical ride, and a bronze statue, which stands honoring her bravery and passion for liberty, in Carmel, New York.