Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year………..
………Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On April 18, 1775 Paul Revere embarked on his now famous journey to warn the leaders of the Revolution that the British were coming. Revere did not ride alone. He was accompanied by William Dawes, who took an alternate route in case Revere was captured, and was joined in Lexington by Dr. Samuel Prescott, who claimed to have been returning from a late-night visit with a lady friend.
While Revere and Dawes were captured by British on their way to Concord, Prescott managed to escape, and made his way to Concord to warn its citizens to hide their weapons and prepare for the arrival of the British.
Following the battles of Lexington and Concord, Israel Bissell, a courier, carried word of the battles and beginning of the war throughout Massachusetts, New York, and Philadelphia.
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