Robert Newman

I never thought hanging lanterns would require so much courage until I met Robert Newman. He was the caretaker, or sexton, of the Old North Church in Boston. It was his duty to hang the lanterns from the Old North Church to signal how the British army would arrive. One lantern meant the army would march over the Boston Neck (land) and two meant they would row across the Charles River (sea). If not for Newman’s signal, the colonial militia would have not been prepared for the British Army.

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