When two lanterns were set ablaze, Paul Revere rode through the towns, waking the minutemen , shouting “The British are coming! The British are coming!”
Paul Revere’s most famous quote, “The British are coming ” likely was never said . Since everyone in the colonies were British citizens. It is more probable that he shouted either, “The soldiers are coming ! The soldiers are coming !” or “The redcoats are coming !
Phrase. the British are coming . A warning that enemies are about and a battle is about to begin. A statement of impending doom.
Revere’s total distance was about 12.5 miles . His was a mission of urgency, so a fast canter seems appropriate for his horse’s average speed (it is not plausible that he kept the horse at a full gallop that far), so let us assume an average of 15 mph.
Paul Revere never shouted the legendary phrase later attributed to him (“The British are coming !”) as he passed from town to town. The operation was meant to be conducted as discreetly as possible since scores of British troops were hiding out in the Massachusetts countryside.
Paul Revere arranged to have a signal lit in the Old North Church – one lantern if the British were coming by land and two lanterns if they were coming by sea – and began to make preparations for his ride to alert the local militias and citizens about the impending attack. “One if by land, and two if by sea.”
1St Continental Congress drafted a statement of grievances calling for a repeal of 13 acts of Parliament passed since 1763. Declared they violated colonists’ rights. Also voted to boycott all British good and trade , arm themselves and form militias.
Four men and one woman made late night rides, alerting the early Americans of what dangers lay ahead. They were Paul Revere, Samuel Prescott , Israel Bissell, William Dawes , and Sybil Ludington.
But truth be told, it was really Samuel Prescott who completed the midnight ride. Read on to find out how the three riders carried out their mission on the night of April 18, 1775 to start the American Revolution. Paul Revere would be surprised that he receives sole credit for the midnight ride.
On the morning of the 19th of April, 1775, when the news reached town that the British troops were on the road from Boston, General [Oliver] Prescott, who was a neighbor, came towards the house on horseback, at rapid speed, and cried out, “Samuel, notify your men: the British are coming.” My father mounted the
On this night in 1775, Paul Revere was instructed by the Sons of Liberty to ride to Lexington, Mass., to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. On his way to Lexington, Revere raised the alarm, stopping at each house.
On the evening of April 18, 1775 , Paul Revere was summoned by Dr. Joseph Warren of Boston and given the task of riding to Lexington, Massachusetts, with the news that regular troops were about to march into the countryside northwest of Boston.
“Concord Hymn” – Ralph Waldo Emerson And fired the shot heard round the world.