Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride took place on April 18, 1775. Dr. Joseph Warren devised a system to warn the countryside of the danger. William Dawes was instructed to travel over the Boston Neck and Paul Revere was to row across the Charles River in case one of them was captured. Revere crossed the Charles River and alarmed the countryside by stopping at each house on his way to Lexington.
Paul Revere arrived in Lexington around midnight where John Hancock and Samuel Adams were staying. The British wanted to secure ammunition and capture John Hancock and Samuel Adams. But the surprise was lost thanks to Revere’s Midnight Ride. After saving Hancock and Adams from capture, Revere rode on to Concord with Dawes. Dr. Samuel Prescott, the third rider, would join them and all three were eventually captured by a British patrol. They were released shortly after. You can read more about the ride in Rush Revere and the American Revolution!
“Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Paul Revere borrowed a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin for his Midnight Ride.
The horse Paul Revere rode on his Midnight Ride was named Brown Beauty.
There were actually three Patriots that took the ride that night. The riders were Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott, and their job was to warn the colonists that the Redcoats were coming.
John Hancock and Samuel Adams were staying at the Hancock-Clarke House when Paul Revere came to warn them.
The Hancock-Clarke House is U.S. National Historic Landmark located in Lexington, MA.