Patriot Hero of the Hudson Valley

Author Vincent Dacquino regaled visitors to Pawling Library

with tales of the heroics of Sybil Ludington.

Author, TV talk show host and lecturer Vincent T. Dacquino entertained and fascinated many people during his presentation at the Pawling Library on Tuesday, May 21. Mr. Dacquino’s program was based on his latest book, Patriot Hero of the Hudson Valley: The Life & Ride of Sybil Ludington. Mr. Dacquino has authored a number of books on Sybil Ludington and within each has uncovered more facts about this important and often overlooked figure in our nation’s history.

Sybil Ludington was 16 years of age when she rode alone throughout the night in 1777 to warn the patriots of a British attack on the city of Danbury, CT. “Why would a man send his daughter?” a person asked from the audience. “There was no one else,” said Mr. Dacquino, “Sybil knew where to go.” Her ride was longer than that of Paul Revere. “Sybil is just one example of how children made an impact during the Revolution,” said Mr. Dacquino. Sybil Ludington would live to be 77 years of age. She was laid to rest in the nearby Presbyterian Cemetery in Patterson, NY, where her father and other family members are also buried.

Vincent T. Dacquino has previously appeared at the Pawling Library with his book Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms, a biography of the Revolutionary War hero, published by Purple Mountain Press in 2000.