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flyingfysh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-14-07 07:05 PM
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7. some of the facts are a little mistaken
Revere got beyond Lexington. He was arrested west of Lexington, but was released. He went to Lexington to warn Sam Adams and John Hancock, and William Dawes (the other rider who left Boston, by a different route) got there a half hour later. The lanterns in the Old North Church were lit in case neither rider got to Lexington.

He tried to go near my house in Somerville (then part of Charlestown), but had to go north into Medford to avoid British soldiers who were chasing him. He did not get to Cambridge at all.

The Lexington Militia was waiting on Lexington Green in the early hours of the morning, and were thinking that maybe it was all a false alarm. They all walked into the local tavern for liquid refreshment, and discharged their muskets into the ground at the door (you *never* walk into a tavern with a loaded musket). The volley of gunshots frightened the British soldiers west of Lexington who had arrested Revere, so they let him go and took his horse.

19 miles takes you well beyond Cambridge, which is just across the river from Boston.

There were several dozen riders; Revere was one of the chief organizers of the rider network.

You can read about all this in "Paul Revere's Ride" by David Hackett Fischer, published by Oxford University Press.
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