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“This question should properly be, “What was the name of the horse Revere rode?” because there is no evidence that Revere owned a horse at the time he made his famous ride. Revere had owned a horse in the early 1770’s, according to a notation in his papers, but it appears that he no longer possessed it at the time he began serving as a courier for the Boston Committee of Correspondence. In any case, even if he had owned a horse in April 1775, he would not have been able to bring it with him when he was rowed across the Charles River to Charlestown north of Boston, prior to setting off on his ride.”
“Paul Revere was born on January 1, 1735, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of Apollos De Revoire, a French Huguenot (member of the Protestant faith) who had come to Boston at the age of thirteen to apprentice (a person who works for another to learn a trade) in the shop of a silversmith. Once Revoire had established his own business, he changed his name to the English spelling Revere.”
It was because of his skill as an engraver and experience as a messenger for the Massachusetts Committee of Safety, an organization set up to resist the British, that he was chosen as one of two messengers sent out to warn the people of the approach of the British regulars.
“He foresaw an attack by the British troops against the location of military supplies in Concord, Massachusetts, and arranged a signal to warn the patriots in Charlestown, Massachusetts. During the late evening of April 18, 1775, the chairman of the Committee of Safety told him that the British were going to march to Concord. Revere signaled by hanging two lanterns in the tower of Boston’s North Church. This showed that the British were approaching “by sea,” that is, by way of the Charles River. He crossed the river, borrowed a horse in Charlestown, and started for Concord. Arriving in Lexington, Massachusetts, at midnight, he awakened American rebels John Hancock (1737–1793) and Samuel Adams (1722–1803), allowing the two men to flee to safety.
“Revere was captured that night by the British, but he persuaded his captors that the whole countryside was aroused to fight, and they freed him, (just like Sarah Palin said! He “warned” the British that the PEOPLE were ready to fight for their freedom.) He returned to Lexington, where he saw the first shot fired in the first battle of the Revolutionary War (1776). This ride and series of events were made legendary by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) in the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.” An on-the-spot reporter, he recorded the events leading up to and during the revolution with great accuracy. He engraved what he saw on metal plates, which were then used to create prints on paper that were highly popular with the people of Boston.