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Paul Revere Rides from Boston through Lexington and Concord to Warn of the British Invasion

In the journals cataloged to the right, readers will find firsthand accounts on the ride of Paul Revere. Readers may find it helpful to review the historical facts of this event before exploring the primary documents.

In Boston, in 1775, King George the III told General Thomas Gage to keep the colonists in order. Following the Boston Tea Party, 5,000 British soldiers were sent to Boston, and the Boston Harbor was closed. Colonists in Boston began to prepare for war. They began to stockpile munitions in Concord.

Thomas Gage ordered Lt. Colonel Francis Smith to go to Concord along with 700 other men to destroy the supplies the colonists had in Concord, and arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams for treason. On the night of April 18th Lt. Colonel Francis Smith told his men of the secret stockpile and their plans to raid Concord.  Joseph Warren, a Patriot leader, learned of the plan and  told Paul Revere and William Dawes to go to Lexington and warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the Regulars were coming.

They arranged a signal to be shown from the steeple of the North Church. The signal was, one lantern if the British were coming by land, and two lanterns if the British were coming by sea. Revere left Boston on horseback at 10:00 p.m. and arrived in Lexington at midnight. At 1:00 a.m. William Dawes, Paul Revere, and Dr. Samuel Prescott left again for Concord.  To their surprise, a British patrol found them and captured Paul Revere. The other two escaped. Only Prescott made his way to Concord.

After the British freed Paul Revere he returned to Lexington. There he joined Samuel Adams and John Hancock.  On April 19th the British arrived and were suprised to find minutemen waiting for them. The Revolutionary War had begun.

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