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Paul Revere rides to Lexington and Concord to warn of approaching British troops

April 18

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 18 of April, repeating indefinitely

On this day in 1775, Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott set out from Boston, Massachusetts around 10 pm to warn patriots in Lexington and Concord of the approaching British. 🐎🐎🐎⁠

The ride preceded the very first battles of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord, and was famously immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:⁠

“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…”⁠

Did you know? Paul Revere likely did not shout the famous quote, “The British are coming!” He and his fellow riders (though on a fast-moving mission) had to be fairly quiet while alerting the patriots – British troops were hiding throughout the Massachusetts countryside.⁠

Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Grant Wood, 1931⁠



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