Paul Revere's Ride Essay

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Paul Revere’s Ride Due to the large amount of different stories regarding what happened on the night of Paul Revere’s ride, many people are confused as to the events that actually took place. What most variations say is: On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott rode at midnight to warn the minutemen in Lexington and Concord of the coming British soldiers. The question is: What really happened on that famous midnight ride of Paul Revere? Ever since the British started raising the taxes and treating the colonists unfairly, the word of rebellion between the British and the colonists was spreading. Joseph Warren instructed Paul Revere and William Dawes to warn the minutemen that the regulars (British soldiers)Paul Revere told friends in the Old North Church to hang one lantern if the regulars came by land, two lanterns if they came by sea (PR & The MM/Poem). Revere waited on the other side of the bay and saw that there were two lanterns lit in the church tower. He starts to make his way towards Lexington and Concord, and is chased by a British patrol, but outrode them. He then arrived in Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that General Gage wanted to arrest them. Once Dawes arrives in Lexington, he and Revere set off to Concord. On their way there, they meet Samuel Prescott, who was on his way home to Concord. Revere and Prescott are captured, but Prescott escapes and Revere is taken prisoner. The soldiers let him go but confiscate his horse. Revere then walked to the house that Adams and Hancock were in, and told them what had happened. (PR’s dep). The minutemen then met the British at Lexington Green. The English officers were instructing the militia to put down their arms. Then a shot (Known as the “Shot heard ‘round the world) rang out. The regulars then started shooting and charging with their bayonets, and the

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