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Paul Revere

Updated on May 14, 2017

Paul Revere

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Paul Revere, born in December 21, 1734, was born in Boston according to the Old Style calendar. In his early years not much is known about his mother, but his father owned a Silversmith shop and raised Paul. His father later died leaving Paul too young to handle the shop, so he enlisted in the provincial army during the French and Indian War. After many years, he was commissioned second lieutenant in a provincial artillery regiment, but he did not stay long in the army. He returned to Boston and rightfully owned the family Silversmith shop in his own name.

Later he was involved in The American Revolution from knowing some friends who were commissioned. He kept tabs and gathered intelligence from the British by simply "watching the Movements of British Soldiers."


"Midnight Ride"

The unforgettable time in history is about the Midnight Ride. On the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul was requested by Dr. Joseph Warren to take the task of riding to Lexington, Massachusetts, with the news that regular British soldiers were about to march into Boston. Revere contacted a friend who was unidentified, and instructed him to show 2 lanterns in the tower of the Old Northern Church as a sign signal in case Revere was unable to leave town. The lanterns meant that the British planned to row "by sea" across the Charles River to Cambridge, rather then march "by land."

Revere stopped by his own place to collect his boots and overcoat and left to proceed the distance to Boston's North End waterfront to where two friends waited to row him across the river to Charlestown. Going past a British warship in the darkness, Revere landed untouched. After verifying information of what Revere just witnessed in Boston, he was told the signals in the Old Northern Church were lighted then he asked to borrow the horse belonging to John Larkin, (a Charlestown merchant and patriot sympathizer) he set off at eleven o'clock and made his way through Lexington waking and warning everyone "the British are coming!" Around twelve o'clock he reached Concord and warned everyone the "British are coming!"..... That night everyone jumped up with any item they could use as a weapon and set battle.

The people defeated the British with losses, but if it wasn't for the Midnight ride and warnings, it was stated the people of Concord and Lexington would have lost the battle and life's.


The Route's of the Midnight Ride

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    • Sarah Howett profile image
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      Sarah Howett 2 months ago

      He went into the Military in earlier years before he was old enough to handle the shop. But when he was old enough, he did go back to the shop and manage.

    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      OK, so why did he go into the military rather than begin working in the shop?

    • Sarah Howett profile image
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      Sarah Howett 3 months ago

      Thank you for your comment of questioning....I believe I need clarify that a bit more. He was in the army for many years and got commissioned Second Lieutenant.

    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      From article, "His father later died leaving Paul too young to handle the shop, so he enlisted in the provincial army during the French and Indian War."

      How is it he was too young to work in a shop but not too young to join the army? Why was he commissioned Second Lieutenant if he was so young?