Are you ready for another unsung hero?

or should I say, Heroine of the American Revolution? My friend, Elaine reminded me of this one on July 4th.

Sybil Ludington (1761-1839)

A young American patriot, Sybil Ludington is the female counterpart to the more famous Paul Revere. Born in 1761 in Connecticut, Ludington was the eldest of twelve children. Soon after her birth, her family settled in Dutchess County, New York. In addition to being a farmer, Ludington’s father held various positions within the small town and served in the military for over sixty years.

He was loyal to the British crown until 1773, when he joined the rebel cause. He was quickly promoted to Colonel and led his local regiment. Colonel Ludington’s area of command was along a vulnerable route that the British could take between Connecticut and the coast of Long Island Sound.

When British troops and British loyalists attacked a nearby town, Danbury, Connecticut, in 1777, a rider came to the Ludington household to warn them and ask for the local regiment’s help. At the time, the Colonel’s regiment was disbanded for planting season, and all of the men were miles apart at their respective farms.

The rider was too tired to continue and Colonel Ludington had to prepare for battle, so he asked his barely sixteen-year-old daughter Sybil to ride through the night, alerting his men of the danger and urging them to come together to fight back.

Ludington rode all night through the dark woods, covering forty miles (a significantly longer distance than Revere rode), and because of her bravery, almost the whole regiment was gathered by daybreak to fight the British.

After the battle at Danbury, George Washington went to the Ludington home to personally thank Sybil for her help. After the war, Ludington married a Catskill lawyer named Edward Ogden; they had one son. She died in 1839.

Although Ludington never gained the widespread fame that Paul Revere did in America’s history, she was honored with a stamp by the Postal Service in 1975.



There is a statue of her by Lake Gleneida in Carmel, New York, and there are historical markers tracing the route of her ride through Putnam County.




It was our supper tonight. UMMMMM. Good!

Try something new that tastes like the best pancakes you ever ate?

Yes, it is new, and it is Gluten Free, especially great for me! No one else needs to know it’s a GF meal. John never guessed when it was served to us recently. Now I make it as a quick ‘go to’ meal, and he loves it!

Below is the simple recipe:

1/2 cup Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Quinoa flour
1/2 cup Gluten Free rolled oats
1 tsp natural sugar
3 tsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Cook in the usual manner on a hot griddle with sausages if desired. Serve piping hot with Vermont Maple syrup laced with 2 tablespoons of frozen Maine blueberries added until both are warm enough to melt butter on top of the pancakes.

John and I just enjoyed this great last minute, healthy meal for an early supper. Give it a try!

Bon Appetit!

What did General Rochambeau uniform look like?

For those of my readers who like to delve into details:

Below is a description of Rochambeau as seen on the cover of my book:

Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant

A French General ’s Role in the American Revolution.

Description of portrait of Rochambeau and his uniform of the 1780’s:

“To the Comte’s right is a sheaf of documents upon which he has placed his hat and upon which he rests his marshal’s baton held in his right hand. He wears the full-dress uniform of a French general: a blue coat with much gold lace, red waistcoat and breeches … across his coat runs the scarlet ribbon of the Order of Saint Louis, while over his heart is attached the star of the Order of the Saint-Esprit…

…it was only in 1783, when he returned to France, that he received the more coveted Order of the Saint-Esprit…then too, he is portrayed with his marshal’s baton, which he did not receive until December of 1791 – one of the last honors that King Louis XVI was able to bestow.”
As written by the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University c.1960

Elbridge Gerry – an unsung hero of the American Revolution

See pp 34 and 35 from my text of: Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant, A French General’s Role in the American Revolution:

“During the British army’s pre-dawn march to Lexington to engage in the battle that officially began the war, the British raided the tavern. Lee and the others, Azro Orne and Elbridge Gerry, fled and hid in a cornfield. In the early morning hours the men suffered from exposure, and Lee contracted a fever that led to his death on May 10, 1775.

Following Lee’s untimely demise, Gerry continued working seamlessly with Gardoqui. Lee died an unsung hero of the revolution.5 Fortunately the incriminating letter did not fall into British hands. It remains, however, proof that aid received from the French, Spanish, and Dutch had begun much earlier than the British suspected.”

In case you are not familiar with his name, Elbridge Gerry was a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, born there in 1744. After graduating from Harvard he joined his father’s shipping business. They shipped codfish to Barbados and Spain. The Gerry’s and their business were flourishing under colonial rule before the British closed the harbor at Boston in 1774.

Elbridge Gerry

Elbridge served in the colonial legislature from 1772-1774. During that time he became acquainted with Samuel Adams and took part in the Marblehead and Massachusetts committees of correspondence.

With the port of Boston being shut down, the shipping business moved sharply to the north and to Marblehead. Thus shipping to and from Marblehead was a relief for patriots in need of all kinds of supplies, not only of a personal type, but soon, became a covert delivery point of aid to the patriots.

From 1774-1776 Gerry sat in on two provincial congresses and served with Samuel Adams and John Hancock on the council of safety and as chairman of the committee of supply. He was the best man for the job on the supply side because of his shipping business. See the preceding pages in my book on how he aided the rebel Americans to arm and suppply the Continental Army and patriots who fought at the Battle of Lexington and Concord April 15, 1775.

Gerry continued to work covertly to aid the patriots after the death of Jeremiah Lee. He imported war materiel and cash donations from Holland, France, and Spain at great risk to his finances, his shipping business and his personal safety, in order to assist in the birthing of the United States of America.

He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He went on to serve in the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention and as Vice President to James Madison. He died on his way to the Senate in 1814. He had risked life and limb to help create the American way of freedom.

Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant


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By Susan K.:

5 out of 5 stars

A Great Read for All Ages!


Jini Jones Vail has written a most appealing historical account of France’s General de Rochambeau’s role in the American Revolution. In the Preface (p.XXI) she says, “the research and writing of distant history is not an exact science” yet her scholarly research, evidenced by notes, glossary and bibliography, gives the reader a wonderfully readable historical account of the relationship between Rochambeau and Washington as the American War for Independence moves down the eastern seaboard to Yorktown, Virginia.

Though Jini Jones Vail’s audience must not be limited to “east-coasters” those who do reside along the eastern seaboard will find charming references to towns, homes and perhaps ancestors with whom Rochambeau visited. The past comes alive as do the personalities of Rochambeau and Washington through anecdotes and the personal correspondence between them. They have become men whom you might have or wish to have known.

Even knowing the final outcome of the war, it is unfolding in this most enjoyable book that pushes one to turn pages to accompany Rochambeau on our country’s journey toward independence.

Most Happy 2017 to all my readers!

Celebrate with champagne


Winter is upon us now. What a good time to cozy up to a wonderful read about Rochambeau and Washington! Enjoy!

Today I am re-printing one of the reviews of my book that appeared in print or online:

N. R. wrote this:

“Great book on General Rochambeau.Probably the only one out there readily accessible in English on this great French commander. The book covers Rochambeau’s entire life but obviously spends most of it talking about his campaign in America. She draws on many different sources and is very descriptive when talking about how the French managed in America.

Everything is covered about how the French kept supplied, their relations with the native population, and Rochambeau’s relationship with Washington. She used numerous French sources to describe what they felt of America and Americans which added interest to the book. For example she states that many French were impressed by the Delaware River because it reminded them of the Loire River in France. The book also supplies information about different landmark sites where Rochambeau spent time in America.”

Many thanks for this review. I will post more next time…

I welcome your review and would be happy to include it in an upcoming blog! Please feel free to contact me

Bonne Annee 2017!!!

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Rochambeau, Washington's Ideal Lieutenant


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