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Today In History: April 18th, 1775

Photo Credit: GraphicaArtis/Getty Images
Photo Credit: GraphicaArtis/Getty Images

Paul Revere Warns of the Arrival of British Troops During the American Revolutionary War

On April 18, 1775, history was set ablaze as Paul Revere embarked on his legendary midnight ride, etching his name into the annals of American history. Mounted on horseback, Revere raced through the streets of Boston, sounding the alarm with his iconic cry, “To arms! To arms! The Regulars are out!” His daring journey was not merely a ride; it was a call to arms, a beacon of resistance against British tyranny during the American Revolutionary War.

illustration of paul revere's midnight ride
An illustration of Paul Revere’s ride on April 19, 1775. Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images

As the clock struck midnight, Revere set forth on his mission, riding from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts, to warn colonial militias of the approaching British forces. Accompanied by William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, Revere strategically arranged for lanterns to be hung in the Old North Church tower—one lantern hung if the British were coming by land and two if by sea. Despite being detained by British soldiers shortly after leaving Lexington, Revere managed to escape custody and continued his ride, spreading the warning throughout the countryside.

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Paul Revere’s midnight ride has since become a symbol of American patriotism and resilience, immortalized in poetry, art, and folklore. While Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” captures the essence of Revere’s courage, it’s important to remember the factual details of his mission. His brave actions on that fateful night galvanized the spirit of revolution and ignited the flame of liberty that would ultimately lead to the birth of a new nation. As we commemorate April 18, 1775, we honor the indomitable spirit of Paul Revere and the countless patriots who fought for freedom and independence.

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