On the night of April
26, 1777, a wounded messenger barely reached the home of New York
militia officer Henry Ludington with desperate news of a British
attack on nearby Danbury, Connecticut. Munitions and supplies for
the entire region's militia were at stake, and with not a moment to
spare, Colonel Ludington turned to his 16-year old daughter, Sybil
for help. While he organized the local militia, Sybil mounted her
horse and galloped through the night to rally troops in the
Trekking on dirt roads that were unknown to her, Sybil never
lost sight of her mission - to alert the patriots about the British
attack, thereby preserving the cause of freedom. By risking her
life that dark and desolate night, Sybil made a profound difference
in America's successful pursuit to become a free and independent
nation. For her act of courage, General Washington and General
Rochambeau personally thanked her.
Now to honor her accomplishment and the accomplishments of
modern heroines, the National Rifle Association bestows the
prestigious Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award in her name.
Click here for the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom
Award Nomination Form. All nominations must be received by
November 1 in order to be considered.