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Fun Fact for September 2, 2020.

2 September 2020


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took a few artistic liberties when he wrote about the midnight ride of Paul Revere in his 1861 poem.  According to History dot com Paul was not alone.  There were two others, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, who rode beside him and eventually as many as 40 men may have been involved spreading the word across Middlesex County.  The phrase “The British are coming” wasn’t exactly what he said.  The endeavor was meant to be done in secrete so the men most likely weren’t shouting anything for fear of being stopped by British soldiers who were hiding in the countryside.  And beside, most Colonist considered themselves British.  It is more likely that the men warned other rebels that “the regulars,” a term they used to describe British soldiers, were on the move.  Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, with a bit of embellishment for a dramatic flair.