Remembering Dawes, a forgotten Patriot


April 25, 2022

Courtesy of Boston Public Library.

Paul Revere waited patiently on the night of April 18, 1775, for the signal from the Old North Church Belfry. Upon the signal, he began his famous ride through the countryside to warn the farmers of the impending British attack, arriving in Lexington 30 minutes before William Dawes, Jr.

"Listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, on the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five..." These lines from the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow are familiar to many of us. We learned about Paul Revere's ride to warn the colonists that the British were coming. We also learned about the two lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church,...

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