William Covington was the speaker at the March meeting of the Sarah Maples Chapter Of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Tri-County Library in Mabank.
His topic was, "Children of the American Revolution.” He was dressed in period costume along with his rifle that was used in the revolution.
He mentions Sybil Ludington who, age 16, rode her horse, Star, 40 miles through the night in Putnam County, New York, to warn approximately 400 militia men under the control of her father, Henry, that British troops were planning to attack Danbury, Connecticut, where the Continental Army had a supply depot.
On her way to warn her father's troops, she warned the people of Danbury. Her father, Col .Henry Ludington, volunteered to head the local militia during the American Revolution.
Because of her father's position, Sybil had to move from town to town following her father, and unknowingly played an important role in the success of the colonies.
Prior to her famous ride, Sybli saved her father from capture when a royalist, Ichobod Prosser, tried with 50 other royalists to capture her father. She lit candles around the house and organized her siblings to march in front of the windows in military fashion, creating the impression of many troops guarding the house. The royalist and his men fled.
Next he spoke of Sarah Frances, an African American child of 11 or 12. Her father, Owen, owned a tavern where George Washington had set up an office of sorts. She waited on tables and overheard many of the men talk. She help identify a traitor and told Washington of this man's conversation.
Elizabeth Zang ran to her home to get gun powder under her father's bed, then ran back to the fort with the gun powder. For some reason, the royalist never shot her.
Throughout the American Revolution, there are tales of young girls who would seek out employment in British officers homes' so they could spy on the British and then report back to the Patriots.
The role of women and children in the American Revolution cannot be overstated.
Covington is a public school teacher by profession having spent 28 years in the classroom, where he has taught social studies and English as a second language. He has taught at Dallas ISD as well as Waxahachie ISD.
He is an instructor of dual credit in U.S. history, world history and government/economics at Waxahachie Global High School in Waxahachie.
He is married to June Renee Jacobsen and have three grown children and two grandchildren. They live in Cedar Hill.
Uniformed as a Continental soldier, Covington has displayed, explained and demonstrated the clothing, weapons and accoutrements with which the common soldier fought against the troops of the British Empire.