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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

On this day in 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback to warn the American colonies of approaching British troops. Revere’s role in the famous ride would later be immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Paul Revere’s ride / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Late in the night on April 18, British troops began marching towards Lexington and Concord to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Taking separate routes, Revere and Dawes immediately set out on horseback to warn them and alert Patriots along the way. After reaching Lexington, they were joined by Samuel Prescott. However, as they made their way towards Concord, the men were met by British officers on the road. Although Revere was eventually captured and Dawes would lose his horse in his attempt to flee, Prescott managed to escape and complete the ride to Concord.

Thanks to the warnings of the midnight riders, Patriot militias were able to mobilize in time to confront the British troops. The Battle of Lexington and Concord would mark the start of the American Revolutionary War.

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